Today, the anniversary of the first Coronavirus lockdown, is a National Day of Reflection as Boris Johnson has backed a plan by Marie Curie to remember those who have died from this indiscriminate and brutal virus.

2020 will be remembered for years to come as the year where hundreds of thousands of people had their lives cut short and we all kept our distance to save each other.

So many good people lost a year of their life shielding and didn’t get the chance to reunite with loved ones, sadly losing their battle before they got to hold them close again.

I don’t think there is a single person in the world today that hasn’t been affected by a loss at the hands of Coronavirus, whether it be through loss of life or loss of time that would have normally been spent together.

Marie Curie said: “Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.

“There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.”

There was a minutes silence today at 12 noon and tonight at 8pm we are invited to ‘Shine a light’- stand outside with a light, such as a candle, torch or even your mobile phone – or shine a light in your window for everyone to see, to reflect on those who have died and show support to those who are grieving.

Stay safe and take care.