Mayor’s Viewpoint – Cllr June Harrison

We are nearing one year since the first lockdown began in 2020. Since then too many lives have been cut short and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for many. In Hyndburn we have had enhanced restrictions for the majority of the last year and our community has been greatly impacted.

On the 23rd of March we will be joining in the National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, organised and led by charity Marie Curie. There are still tough times ahead and we need to keep going, keep supporting each other and keep following the guidelines, whilst we look ahead towards a brighter future.

On the National Day of Reflection people are invited to get involved by taking a moment to reflect and think about the previous year by joining the national minute silence at 12 noon or shining a light at 8pm on 23rd March. Marie Curie are also encouraging people to connect and reach out to others who have suffered a bereavement by writing a letter or card, or maybe giving them a call for a chat.

There is hope towards a brighter future. I am pleased to say the vaccination roll out in Hyndburn is going from strength to strength and it is fantastic to hear that an overwhelming majority of people are saying yes when they are offered the COVID-19 vaccination.

There is support for anyone who is struggling, the Hyndburn Hub is open to all people in our community and I am encouraging you to reach out if you need support. This could be with essential supplies such as food, or help if you have to self-isolate, or maybe you need some advice or someone to talk to. Get in touch by emailing or call 01254 388 111.