Support for a day to remember those who have died during the Coronavirus pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved, is gaining support from local businesses and organisations in the North East.
The National Day of Reflection, led by end of life charity Marie Curie, is set to take place on Tuesday 23rd March, the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown.
The charity hopes the day will bring the whole of the UK together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
Landmarks across the North East will also turn yellow in support of the day, including St Mary’s Lighthouse, Newcastle Civic Centre, Vindolanda in Hexham, National Trust owned Penshaw Monument, Northern Spire Bridge, Hylton Castle, Keel Square, Fulwell Mill, The Beacon, The White Lighthouse at Seaburn and Market Square and High Street West In Sunderland.
Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, Hayley Revell said: “We are delighted to have so many landmarks turning yellow in support of the National Day of Reflection.
“This is a very important day as we mark one year since we went in to lockdown, and life as we knew it change dramatically.
“We are really pleased that so many business and organisations are giving their staff the opportunity to take some time on the day and reflect, whether it be through the minute silence at 12pm or in their own personal way.”
On the Day, Marie Curie is inviting everyone to take part in a minute's silence at 12 noon to reflect on those who have died and then to appear on their doorsteps with candles, torches or simply lights from their mobile phones, for a second minute of silence at 8pm, to show support and solidarity for the millions of people who have been bereaved in these incredibly tough times.
Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances – be that from covid or any other cause. We invite everyone to join together on the 23rd March to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”
The National Day of Reflection takes place during Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Every year, the Appeal raises money to help people at the end of life can get the care and support they need - which is more important this year than ever.
Other activities planned include a series of free online talks and conversations, featuring expert panels, bereaved families and celebrities throughout the afternoon.