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Winchester Cathedral takes part in National Day of Reflection

A grass cross was created in the nave of Winchester Cathedral ahead of the National Day of Reflection on the 23rd of March.

The day marks one year since the nation went into lockdown due to Coronavirus.

The cross installation is covered with daffodils and spring flowers and surrounded by candles and has been set up to remember those who have died during the pandemic.

End-of-life charity, Marie-Curie, is leading the ceremony which hopes to bring the whole of the UK together to reflect on the collective loss and support those who’ve been mourning loved ones.

The cathedral will be observing a minute’s silence at 12 noon and Winchester residents are invited to light a candle and pray throughout the day. In addition to this, TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh MBE will also be doing a special reading on the day.

The Dean of Winchester, the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, said: “Winchester Cathedral will be supporting the National Day of Reflection to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

This annual day allows us to come together, to reflect and commemorate the lives of everyone that has died during this time, from Covid and other causes, to pray for them, and to stand in solidarity.”

Student Nurse, Amy Whiteman, 21 at the University of Southampton says she is grateful for the work Marie-Carie have put into this day and talks on the struggles student nurses have faced during the pandemic . She caught Covid back in February and spent her 21st birthday completing an exam from her bedroom. 

“Student nurses are definitely a key part of the frontline workforce and we are always looking out for our colleagues and working so well as a team. I think Covid has strengthened the team work and it has been so nice to see everyone pulling together. To see Marie-Curie supporting us by creating this day of reflection has been so refreshing.”

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