Ferryhill and Chilton Town Councils are supporting a National Day of Reflection in memory of those who have sadly passed away during the coronavirus pandemic, and to show support for those who have been left bereaved.
The National Day of Reflection Campaign, which is being led by end of life charity Marie Curie, will take place on Tuesday, (23rd March), which coincides with the anniversary of the date the UK entered into its first national lockdown.
To mark the occasion the Town Councils are inviting residents to join other communities across the UK to participate in a minute’s silence at 12 noon, and then to create a ‘beacon of remembrance’ on their doorsteps, by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 8pm.
At the same time, Ferryhill Town Hall will join other prominent buildings and landmarks across the nation in turning yellow while Chilton Town Council offices will be decorated with yellow ribbons to mark the occasion and a single wreath will be laid.
The total number of recorded deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK was 335 at the time for the first lockdown. Today, almost 126,000 people have died and many others are experiencing the long term effects of the disease. Behind the statistics, every death has been devastating for the families and loved ones left behind.
A spokesperson for Ferryhill Town Council said: “The event will offer everyone an opportunity to reflect and remember, grieve and commemorate the lives of those who have died during the pandemic, while also demonstrating support to those who are grieving for family members, friends and colleagues”.
Ferryhill Town Mayor, Councillor Joe Makepeace said: “It will be an honour to join the nation on the 23rd March in a Day of Reflection”.
A spokesperson for Chilton Town Council said: “We would encourage you to participate in this National Day of Reflection and further information can be found on the Marie Curie website.
“Covid restrictions make it impossible for us to come together as a community to reflect, so we would encourage as many of you as possible to use the daffodil templates on their website to colour in yellow and display prominently in your windows.
“Any messages of reflection can then be written on the back of your daffodil and after the National Day of Reflection, if you post your decorated daffodil through the letter box of Hutton House we will hold it in quarantine, and then all your daffodils and messages will be made into an ebook and published on the Town Council’s website and Outreach facebook page.
Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “It is important that we all come together to reflect on our collective loss, celebrate the lives of the special people no longer here, support those who’ve been bereaved and look towards a much brighter future”.