Stockport Council supports National Day of Reflection on 23 March 2021

The council is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

The National Day of Reflection organised by charity Marie Curie, will take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown.

The Council will commemorate the day by remembering people who have lost lives and support those who have been bereaved. We'll also look back on the positive community spirit shown in Stockport through the pandemic. We’ll also be shining a light on babies born on the day of the first national lockdown. To honour this day, we will be lighting up the Town Hall blue and green and flying the flag at half-mast. Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will be lit up in rainbow lights in memory of those who have lost their lives.

Cllr Amanda Peers, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods, said: “The purpose of today is to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. There’s plenty of support available if you are finding things difficult. I hope you will find some time to reflect on the last year in your own way today and here’s hoping for a much-improved year ahead. Many people have gone above and beyond to support their communities throughout this difficult time.
I wish to thank everyone for everything they have done over the past year.”

Watch this short video of Cllr Amanda Peers, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods, reflecting on the year

The Council is calling on colleagues and residents to take a minute to reflect at 12 noon in the planned silence organised by Marie Curie for who have died during the pandemic; and take a moment to connect with someone who has been bereaved.

Marie Curie is also inviting residents to light up their doorsteps – by standing outside with a light (a candle, a torch, even your phone) at 8pm on 23 March to remember someone who's died and show support to people going through a bereavement.

The Council’s online memorial book (www.condolence.website) offers the opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones who have died from COVID-19. For further support and guidance, including bereavement support, you can visit www.stockport.gov.uk/mental-wellbeing-support-coronavirus

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection.