National Day of Reflection – 23 March 2021
Display your daffodils and contribute to Our Memory Wall
A message from the City of Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor (Councillor Ross Irving) & Patron of Beth Johnson Foundation (Joan Walley DL)
23 March 2021 is the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown and the National Day of Reflection is to commemorate this tragic loss of life and show support for everyone who’s been bereaved.
In memory of those who have lost their lives, we are encouraging people in the City to display daffodils (the symbol of Marie Curie) whether they be fresh, drawn or crafted and place them in windows to remember and reflect at home.
The Beth Johnson Foundation are collaborating with Marie Curie, a national charity established in 1948 to support people with life limiting conditions; Stoke-on-Trent City Council; and Asist, a local advocacy charity, to unite, reflect and remember loved ones who have died during the first year of the pandemic. There will be a number of activities to encourage our communities to come together to reflect at home and remember loved ones no longer with us.
Beth Johnson are inviting people to contribute to a memory wall that will be hosted on the Beth Johnson Foundation Website. The memory wall will acknowledge the lives of loved ones who have died through sharing photos and memories of them and is for anyone living in Stoke-on-Trent or North Staffordshire who has experienced a bereavement in the last twelve months.
The memory wall will be displayed from Monday 15th March until Friday 26th March. Please click here.
City`s Garden of Reflection
The City Council wanted the City to mark this day in a special way for Stoke-on-Trent and it’s citizens with a `living memorial` for people to visit once lock down has lifted, a peaceful place to pause taking a minute to reflect and a moment to connect. There will be a national silence observed at 12 noon organised by Marie Curie, please read more about the national campaign and how to get involved at home Register for the live online event here.
Working alongside Beth Johnson Foundation and Asist, the City has chosen a location in Fenton Park as the City of Stoke-on-Trent`s Garden of Reflection in memory of residents, front line workers & volunteers who died during the 2020-21 covid-19 pandemic.
National Day of Reflection will remember those close to us all.