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A day to reflect, grieve and remember.

Richard Huish College are supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has lost someone or given so much to others during the last 12 months.

Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, Tuesday 23 March marks the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown. Huish is committed to supporting the National Day of Reflection, alongside a host of organisations, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day.

At midday staff and students paused for a minute’s silence as the campus fell silent to reflect on a challenging year for all and to take a moment to remember and celebrate the lives of so many around us. Through the power of music, spirits were lifted by a student string quartet with their beautiful performance of ‘Imagine’ aimed to raise money for Marie Curie. Performing were Johannah Matthew, Zuzy Mesarova, James Morrell and Max Hall.

Over the past year, a number of students and Apprentices at the College have volunteered for local organisations, charities and devoted their time working in health and social care and other frontline roles, and the collective student body have pulled together to support one another – Huish is exceptionally proud of the entire community.

Principal Emma Fielding shared; “I am immensely proud of the whole Huish community in the way we have supported each other, showing determination and resilience in the most unusual of years. As we take this opportunity for a minutes silence, I encourage all staff and students to think of those who have lost someone and all those who have been affected. I also want to extend my thanks to those who have given so much during the past 12 months, there has been a truly wonderful sense of community spirit amongst students, parents and staff at the College, helping everyone to get through this together.”

Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.

The National Day of Reflection will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

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. We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.

“The National Day of Reflection on 23 March gives us a moment to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died, as well as show our support to family, friends and colleagues who are bereaved during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection. You can also donate on our just giving page.