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County Council and WCF to mark National Day of Reflection

Published Monday, 22nd March 2021

Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Children First (WCF) will be marking the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown this week.

National Day of Reflection, fronted by charity Marie Curie, is taking place across the country on Tuesday (23rd) exactly 12 months on from England going into lockdown in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.


The County Council and WCF will both support the day as the nation comes together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.


Staff will be encouraged to take part in the one-minute silence at midday on Tuesday and the flag at County Hall will be flown at half-mast.


Paul Robinson, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, said: “The past 12 months have been tough in one way or another for everyone in Worcestershire and across the nation.


“Tuesday is an important time for all of us in the county to pause for a moment and reflect on those who have lost their lives or who have been bereaved, it has been an incredibly tough time for everyone.


“It’s also important that we reach out to our family, friends, and colleagues who have struggled during the pandemic or lost a loved one and offer our support.”


In March last year, the County Council set up the Here2Help Service for residents who needed extra support throughout the pandemic.


In the past 12 months, more than 5,000 people have requested help from the service and over 2,000 people have volunteered to offer support, giving a total of 6,000 hours of their time.


Teams at the County Council have also received and delivered more than 2,000 PPE requests. Over 500,000 masks, 450,000 aprons, and 1.1 million gloves have been distributed to those who need them, helping them to continue to carry out vital support in schools and care homes, keeping children and vulnerable people safe.


Businesses across the county have received over £140 million worth of grant funding from local authority partners in Worcestershire as they face huge struggles during the pandemic.


To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit #DayofReflection