On 23 March 2021, it will be one year since the announcement of the first UK-wide lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19. Christina Rees, MP for Neath, shows her support for the 23 March campaign, to acknowledge this significant date, champion the heroes who have worked on the frontline throughout the pandemic, and ensure the community spirit found within the crisis prevails.
Organised in partnership with the children’s charity, Variety, the 23 March campaign is urging people to acknowledge this important date by sharing a photo or video of the 23 March hand signal, using hands to make a heart sign, with the hashtag #23March, or upload to the 23 March website.
To acknowledge the significance of the date, there will be a minute’s silence held in the House of Commons, led by the speaker, and supported by all party leaders on 23 March.
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, said:
“On 23 March 2020 everything changed. Today is a day to reflect on the struggles and challenges of the last year as mental health has been impacted and loved ones stretched apart, but also to champion the heroes and ideas that have gotten us through the worst parts of the pandemic.
“As a community, the people of Neath have come together to support and boost the morale of our NHS heroes in a way not seen before, and as the vaccination programme gives us hope for the future, we must ensure that this new sense of community spirit prevails beyond the pandemic.
“I urge constituents to get involved in the 23 March campaign, so that we can commemorate this day now and into the future.”