The last 12 months have been challenging for everyone, in so many different ways. Spearheaded by charity Marie Curie, care organisations, charities, businesses, membership organisations, community groups and many more are coming together in a National Day of Reflection. The day will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate the lives of everyone who has lost their life during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

The day includes a minute’s silence at midday, daffodils (fresh, drawn or crafted) will be placed in windows, as a symbol of hope and there will be online talks featuring people who are bereaved, celebrities and expert panellists sharing experiences and answering questions. As night falls, the nation will appear on their doorsteps with candles, torches or simply lights from their mobile phones – for a minute of silence in the evening, sharing a beacon of support in these incredibly tough times.

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances – be that from covid or any other cause. We’ve had a huge response from individuals, organisations, businesses, schools and groups from across the UK wanting to support the day – testament to how much people need and want to come together.”

Across Merseyside Scouts, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who’ve lost loved ones, and who have been severely impacted by global events over the last 12 months. We’ll be taking a moment to keep you in our thoughts on Tuesday 23rd March, and look forward to being able to see you properly.

Find out more and access support resources here.