SOLIHULL residents are being called on to come together to create a Wall of Reflection as the second anniversary of the start Covid lockdowns approach.
To mark the National Day of Reflection, led by end-of-life charity Marie Curie on March 23, the charity wants residents to add the name or memory of a loved one to a wall of reflection
They will also act as a focus point on the day to commemorate all those who have died since the start of the pandemic, whether from Covid or any other cause.
The Marie Curie hospice in Solihull will had its own Wall of Reflection for staff and patients to contribute to but it will not be open to the general public.
Amy McNaughton-Brown, Marie Curie’s fundraising engagement lead for the Midlands said: “We are looking for community groups, local businesses, schools, attractions and landmarks to create and host Walls of Reflection for the National Day of Reflection in March.
“People can find where their nearest Wall of Reflection is using our interactive map, or could even organise their own.”
Last year the first National Day of Reflection was marked across the nation with widespread support for a midday minute’s silence from all UK parliaments, celebrities, over 850 organisations and over a hundred prominent landmarks and buildings which lit up yellow to connect the nation in grief in the first event of its kind.
Celebrity supporters including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Alison Steadman, Jim Carter, Greg Wise, Mel Giedroyc, Levi Roots, and Julia Samuel join over 200 organisations who have already pledged to support the day.
Jane Murray, family support team and bereavement services manager at the Solihull Marie Curie hospice said: “As the second anniversary of the first UK lockdown approaches, March 23 will be a unique day for the millions of people bereaved during this time, whose grief may have been complicated by all the restrictions and feelings of isolation.
“Although the restrictions may now be gone – for those bereaved during this time their grief is ever present and may only be manifesting itself now.”
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