Marie Curie is encouraging people in Swindon to prepare for the National Day of Reflection in spring with bulb planting.
Individuals, schools and organisations up and down the country are being invited to take part in spring planting this autumn, to show their support for Marie Curie and the National Day of Reflection.
The charity says the flowers will bloom in time for the day on 23 March 2022 in a sign of hope for a brighter future.
The National Day of Reflection ties in with the charity’s flagship fundraising appeal month – the Great Daffodil Appeal and is a day that aims to support the millions of people who’ve been bereaved during the pandemic, and to reflect on the lives of family, friends, neighbours and colleagues who have died from covid or other causes.
Florist, Author and TV Presenter Simon Lycett is backing Marie Curie’s spring planting call and says: “I hope everyone, no matter the size of their out-door space, and even inside, will plant a Spring Bulb for the National Day of Reflection and support Marie Curie. You can’t beat the feeling that Spring flowering bulbs, like my favourites the daffodils, bring after the dark days of winter.
"When those first shoots awaken and burst through the soil you feel your mood lift at this sign of new growth and look forward to the year ahead and what it will bring. We’ve all had a difficult year to reflect back on, many of us devastated by the death of a loved one, and I can’t think of a better way to reflect on this grief than in the simple act of planting a bulb, restoring our hope for better times to come.”
Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Wiltshire, said: “Sadly, for so many people, the deep trauma of losing loved ones during Covid is still very real. The National Day of Reflection will once again give our community the opportunity to support everyone who has been bereaved during the pandemic and remember the people we’ve lost.
"I hope people across Wiltshire will be inspired to plant some spring bulbs ready to bloom for the National Day of Reflection and show their support for Marie Curie.”
Further information on how to get involved with National Day of Reflection 2022 can be found at mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection
The Marie Curie team says: "If you or someone you know, is affected by grief or bereavement, and would like to talk to someone, please call the Marie Curie Support Line free on 0800 090 2309."