The Duchess Of Cambridge Helps London Landmarks Get Dressed For The London Marathon
The Duchess of Cambridge joined Team Heads Together runners at Kensington Palace to take part in a final training session for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and joined them in placing a Heads Together headband on a Royal Mail post box.
Around 70 post boxes on the London Marathon route will wear Heads Together headbands, to match the headbands being provided to all 39,000 runners, which they can wear on race day no matter the cause they are running for. Prince Harry handed out headbands to some of the runners as they collected their race numbers at the opening day of the London Marathon Expo.
As Charity of the Year for this year’s London Marathon on Sunday, Heads Together wants to make it the ‘mental health marathon’ to get the country talking about mental health. Heads Together announced a number of buildings and landmarks will get behind the campaign by donning headbands, including Battersea Power Station, the Thames Water Tower on the Shepherd’s Bush roundabout and wax figures at Madame Tussauds London, including figures of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jonny Wilkinson and Will.i.am.
St. Paul’s Choristers put headbands on to support the campaign, the former Olympic Stadium will wear a digital headband up to race day and a London Duck Tours vessel will don a headband in support of the campaign. On Friday evening, the South Bank will light up blue, with the National Theatre and the Coca-Cola London Eye matching the colour of the headbands. Over the weekend, in support of the mental health marathon, the windows of the Virgin Money Haymarket Lounge and Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly will be dressed in a giant headband strip.
The Heads Together campaign aims to end stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health problems.
The London landmarks supporting Heads Together and helping to make this year’s London Marathon the first ‘mental health marathon’ include:
• The Coca-Cola London Eye and the National Theatre: The two iconic South Bank landmarks will be lighting up in Heads Together blue on Friday to support Heads Together. The Coca-Cola London Eye also will light up blue on Saturday.
• St. Paul’s Cathedral
• Battersea Power Station: One of its iconic chimneys is wrapped in a Heads Together headband.
• Thames Water Tower: The award-winning tower — on one of London’s busiest roundabouts —will be sporting a custom-made headband from Friday until Marathon Sunday.
• London Stadium: The stadium will be wrapped in a digital headband in the run up to Marathon Day.
• London Duck Tours: One of its vessels will later this week wear a Heads Together headband and take some of the campaign’s volunteers and supporters on a road and river tour of London.
• Madame Tussauds London: Some of their most famous wax figures, including The Duke and Duchess, Prince Harry, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Johnny Wilkinson and Mo Farah, will be wearing the Heads Together headbands on Marathon Day.
• Virgin Money Haymarket and Planet Hollywood: Over marathon weekend, Haymarket will see the windows of the Virgin Money lounge and Planet Hollywood dressed in a Heads Together headband strip.