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.  Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, shows his 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.

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:

“On 23 March we remember the significance of the day when life as we knew it changed.  There is no doubt that the challenges of the last year has affected the mental health of many as loved ones have become separated from each other, but the community of Ogmore has also come together, highlighting a new level of community spirit which has helped us through the crisis.

“As a community we have championed our NHS heroes who have worked tirelessly to keep Wales safe and gotten us through the darkest days of the pandemic.

“We must ensure that the community spirit found in Ogmore during this crisis prevails, during the good times as well as the bad. I urge constituents to get involved in the 23 March campaign, so that we can commemorate this day now and into the future.”

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