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8:26 PM 23rd March 2021
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Care Group Reflects Over COVID-19 Anniversary

Residents and staff at Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home. They had created hearts to remember lost loved ones.
Residents and staff at Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home. They had created hearts to remember lost loved ones.
A North Yorkshire care group today (Tuesday) marked the year’s anniversary of lockdown with a day of reflection for the lost and of thanks for key workers.

Saint Cecilia’s Care Group joined in the Day of Reflection to mark a year since the Covid-19 lockdown began.

At each of its five centres in Scarborough and Pickering, a candle was lit and a minute’s silence observed to remember the lost. A poem, specially commissioned from Scarborough writer Karen Noble, was also read out.

The care group has also put up signs at all its five care centres to thank care workers, the NHS and other keyworkers for risking their lives to care for others.

Taking a moment to reflect at Saint Cecilia’s Day Care
Taking a moment to reflect at Saint Cecilia’s Day Care
Managing Director Mike Padgham said the Care Group wanted to remember the lost and also say thank you to those who have sacrificed so much over the past 12 months.

“This was a very sad and poignant day for all of our residents and staff across our centres,” he said.

“Every loss has been a tragedy, the loss of a loved one – a father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle or friend.

“I know it was a very emotional day for us and for everyone across the country.

“It was also a time to think of those who have done so much to save lives too, putting their own lives and health at risk to care for others. We say a huge ‘thank you’ to them, to our own staff and also to all our fellow care workers and all the NHS staff and other keyworkers for an amazing year of selfless, compassionate and outstanding hard work.

“It would be nice if the Government could recognise that hard work and give all carers in England a bonus, like the £500 administrations have given to carers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

The signs are at Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home on Filey Road, Saint Cecilia’s Care Home on Stepney Road, Normanby House on Belgrave Crescent and Saint Cecilia’s Day Care Centre at Eastway, Eastfield, all in Scarborough and at Alba Rose Care Home on Middleton Road, Pickering.

They read: ‘To the doctors, nurses, carers and all keyworkers we say a huge Thank You!’