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Vale residents remember those lost to the Virus

 

Residents in the Vale and across Wales will join the rest of the UK today to remember those who have died with coronavirus, marking one year since the first lockdown began.

There will be a minute’s silence at midday, a national doorstep vigil at 8pm and a remembrance event in Cardiff as part of the National Day of reflection.

More than 7,000 have died with Covid in Wales, with more than 125,000 people across the UK.

Residents are being encouraged to light up doorsteps, display yellow hearts or daffodils.

100’s of buildings across Wales will be lit yellow, including Barry Town Hall, the Cenotaph, Barry Island’s Western Shelter, Penarth Pier, St Donats Castle, Principality Stadium and I’m a Celebrity’s Gwrych Castle.

The Covid-19 Families Wales group – which supports about 1,300 people who have lost loved ones – asked for monuments to be lit up in tribute.

“We offer free counselling, but also support people by saying ‘we know how you feel’,” said Andrea Williams who helped set the group up.

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“If someone says ‘I can’t sleep’, someone else may reply that they’re going through the same thing.

“Other people may say ‘I feel guilty, I shouldn’t have sent him to hospital’. It’s all the questions that go around your head.”

Mrs Williams, from Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, helped set up the group after losing her husband Mark, 58, at the start of the pandemic.

She said: “He was fit and well, and a kayaker. The media message wasn’t right (at the start of the pandemic), saying it was mainly old and overweight people.

“It has helped me, and others in the group, knowing others feel the same.

“We are taking everything at our own pace and we are going to light up Wales to remember.”

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