THE Mersey Gateway Bridge will be lit up in pink and green tonight to raise awareness of Huntington's disease.

As part of Huntington's Disease Awareness Month, monuments and landmarks across the world are being lit up throughout May, including the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Halton, which is being illuminated for the second year running.

Other landmarks being lit up include Blackpool Tower, Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland, and even Niagara Falls in Canada.

The campaign, called #LightItUp4HD, aims to shine a light on the rare and misunderstood Huntington's Disease.

Described as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) all in one, Huntington's is caused by a faulty gene which has a 50/50 chance of being passed to a carrier's child.

Symptoms usually start between the ages of 30-50, get progressively worse and eventually lead to death within 15-20 years.

There is no cure although several new promising drugs are being trialled.

The campaign is supported by the charity Huntington's Disease Association.

For more about the campaign, visit