Message from the Mayor - National Day of Reflection

A message from the Mayor of Amber Valley, Councillor John Walker.

"Amber Valley Borough Council is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the Coronavirus pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

The National Day of Reflection will take place on Tuesday 23 March, which is also the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown. More than three million people have been bereaved since then.

The campaign is spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie and the day will give communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate anyone who has died during this time and show support for those who are grieving.

Mr Johnson announced the first national stay-at-home order on 23 March 2020, days after warning many families would 'lose loved ones before their time'.

The total number of recorded deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK was 335 on that date. There have now been over 143,000 deaths. 

Since then there have been three periods of national restrictions, as well as the introduction of levels and tiers of measures in all four nations.

The past 12 months have also seen Coronavirus vaccines developed from scratch, with 23.3m people in the UK having now received a first dose.

On Tuesday, at 12:00 noon, a one minute silence will be held in the central headquarters in Ripley to honour those who have died during the pandemic.

Residents are invited to tie a yellow ribbon at their front door or window to show their support. Yellow seems to be a colour of choice as it ties in well with the Marie Curie daffodil symbol."

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