Ways to get involved – Purple Offices

World Pancreatic Cancer Day is on Thursday 17th November 2016. If you would like to get involved you can make a huge impact in your local area! With permission from local councils or privately owned premises you can turn your whole building or offices purple for the day, even for the whole month if you get permission!

If you would like to support World Pancreatic Cancer Day/ Month you will need to seek permission from your boss and of course the owner of the building. 

Exterior Buildings

Purple filters are usually available in  sheets 21"x48" and 48"x25ft rolls. Most light fixtures can be covered using the 21"x48" sheets. However, if you need to add purple to several lights, it is more economical to buy the 24"x25' roll. Every light is different and each will accept the filter in its own way. Some fixtures may have a slot you can slide the filter into. Other fixtures may necessitate a little more creativity to attach the filter. Make sure to leave some separation between the filter and the actual lamp, as the lamp itself can get quite hot. Securing the filter outside the glass lens of the luminaire (not the lamp or bulb) is best. Using moulding materials like chicken wire to build a stand-off for the filter away from the light might help if your light is too hot right at the lens. Try to cover the entire beam because any white light not covered with the filter can overpower the purple light.

Interior Buildings/ Offices

If your building doesn't have exterior lighting – then turn the lights on the inside purple! Many fluorescent fixtures are 24"x48" and have a plastic diffuser trough in front of the bulbs. The usual 24" filter rolls are an easy way to cut multiple 24"x48" pieces that you can tape into the troughs of your office fluorescent fixtures. 

Another option for buildings that don't have exterior lighting is to gel the windows! You can buy filters of 48"x25ft rolls; making it easy to tape the purple colour filter to windows - effectively turning all of the lights inside your home or office purple for the night.

Stage Depot Ltd, based in Bristol, are offering all of our supporters a 5% discount on purple gel filters. Please speak to Marina, Head of Fundraising, to obtain this discount code.