Tuesday (23 March) is a National Day of Reflection, with the anniversary of the UK’s first national lockdown serving as an opportunity for the country to come together to commemorate those lost, and to reach out to those who need our support.

At 12pm on Tuesday there will be a national one minute’s silence observed which Norse Group CEO Dean Wetteland is encouraging all colleagues across Norse Group to respect and to use as an important opportunity to take pause.

Dean said: “We are all acutely aware of the personal challenges and losses experienced over the last year among our 11,000 colleagues, and within the wider communities we serve and care for. There are many of us who have either been personally touched by loss or been close to others who have lost someone.

“By pausing to reflect, we can respectfully acknowledge the lives of those no longer with us, offer our kind thoughts to those they left behind, and consider the impact that these unprecedented times have had upon each of our lives.”

We hope you will all join us in marking this occasion and have no doubt that colleagues from right across the Norse Group will continue to support one another in the same way that they support communities up and down the country.

Further information:

The day is being led by charity Marie Curie and on their website at www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection #DayOfReflection you can find further information on how you can choose to mark this day including:

Taking a moment to reflect

If you are unable to join the one minute’s silence at midday, you can shine a light at 8pm, or take a moment to reflect upon the past year in your own way.

Taking a moment to connect

Reach out to someone you know is going through bereavement by sending them a message, writing a card or having a chat.

Showing your support

Create a colourful poster for your window.

On the charity’s website you will also find a series of informative and inspirational talks led by experts throughout the day on Tuesday, running into the evening which you can book online, including ‘Finding hope and meaning beyond Covid 19’.