Staff at Harrogate District Hospital and Ripon Community Hospital paused for a minute’s silence at 12 noon on Tuesday, as part of the national ‘day of reflection’ to remember those who’ve died during the coronavirus pandemic.

The commemorations were organised by the charity Marie Curie to mark exactly one year since the first national lockdown began.

Writing on Twitter, Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We’ve supported the Day of Reflection with a minute’s silence at 12 to remember those we have sadly lost & the events of the past year. Thanks to Harrogate District & Ripon Community hospitals colleagues for coming together.

“We also gave colleagues the chance to join an online opportunity for reflection, being inclusive of colleagues in our community teams/those home working.

“We’ve been reflecting on the impact the pandemic has had on all of us: in the NHS, in our communities & our friends & families.”

Meanwhile, many people across the Harrogate district joined those around the country in holding a minute’s silence on their doorsteps at 8pm on Tuesday night.

They also shone candles, torches and phone lights as a ‘beacon of remembrance’ to those who’ve lost their lives during the pandemic.



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