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23 Mar 2021 Community

How we’re marking the National Day of Reflection this evening

The Kirkwood are joining forces with a number of Yorkshire based hospices to take part in a special lighting ceremony this evening (Tuesday 23 March) to mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 lockdown.  

A Day of Reflection us being held across the UK today, with a minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil due to take place to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown.  

The Kirkwood, along with a number of hospices across Yorkshire will mark the occasion by lighting up our gardens at 8pm, joining hundreds of thousands of people from across our local communities to reflect on the challenges faced and the loss we have all felt over the past year.  

We will be marking the occasion alongside Overgate Hospice, The Prince of Wales Hospice, Wakefield Hospice and St. Leonard’s Hospice in York, joining with local people to reflect on the impact the pandemic has had across our region. It’s also a unique chance to recognise and pay tribute to those who have died or been bereaved through coronavirus. 

Michael Crowther, Chief Executive with The Kirkwood, which provide care for anyone affected by any life limiting illness across Kirklees, said: “The coronavirus has deeply affected all our lives, and our livelihoods, this year. We have been asked to remain distant from those we care about and to make huge sacrifices. Many of us are grieving for someone close to us, whether a family member, a friend or a colleague.  

“Every year, we support hundreds of people in our community who have been bereaved and need help. During this period of national crisis, we have stepped in to offer our services to those bereaved through coronavirus too, so we are lighting the tree in our gardens to remember and pay tribute to all those who have died or been bereaved by coronavirus.

“It’s also a chance to come together as one community, not just here in Kirklees, but across Yorkshire, to celebrate out resilience and look to the future with hope.” 

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge effect on hospices’ ability to provide community nursing, In-Patient care and wellbeing services, with many having to adapt the way they work overnight to ensure those in need to continue to get the help they need. The Day of Reflection presents an opportunity to think about how hospices have overcome difficulties to ensure continuity of care. 

Michael Crowther added: “The Kirkwood have played a vital part in the response to coronavirus over the past 12-months, standing side by side with their colleagues in the NHS to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities continue to receive the very best care. I am so proud of the incredible efforts our teams have made to meet the needs of our local community.  

It’s been a challenging year financially for charities, with major fundraising events cancelled, shops closed for much of the year and supporters not able to fundraise in the same way. 

“80% of our funding comes from the generous support we receive from our local community. Without regular income streams from events, shops, gifts in wills and general donations, it's been a really challenging year." said Michael.

"Although there are difficult times ahead, the Day of Reflection gives us all a chance to pause and reflect on the past 12 months, remember those we’ve lost and the lives which have been changed forever, and look forward to the promise of brighter times ahead."

The tree in the heart of The Kirkwood gardens will shine brightly throughout the night today in solidarity for those bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic and as a beacon of hope a brighter future. 

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