Cuckfield supports Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection: ‘Let’s paint the village yellow’

Cuckfield will be transformed into a ‘riot of colour’ this weekend as the village supports Marie Curie’s ‘National Day of Reflection’.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 10:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 10:08 am

On Tuesday (March 23), a minute’s silence and a national doorstep vigil will form part of the end of life charity’s day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown.

People across the country are being encouraged to remember those who have been affected by the pandemic.

The event has received backing from Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said he would observe the minute’s silence at noon privately.

Back row: Adela Hawley of Adela Florals, Jane Godsmark of Tilly’s Busy Bees, Belinda Campopiano of Chez Fleur and Judith Hallett of Floral Design. Front row: Vicki Ponsford, Sidnye Flowers and Jackie Willis

And in Cuckfield, Belinda Campopiano, owner of Chez Fleur florist in Cuckfield, will be joining local budding florists Jo Bowen, Rosie Pearson, Yvette Wilbur and Gemma Stapleton in holding a sale of daffodils to show support for the good cause, while raising much-needed funds for Marie Curie

“The idea is people can buy the daffodils and put them in their window,” said Belinda.

“They can then share a photo of them on their social media using the hashtag #daffodilsinthewindow and other similar hashtags to raise awareness and hopefully make going for a walk a riot of colour as we walk past everyone’s houses.”

Marie Curie runs an annual daffodil appeal, which Belinda has supported for several years.

Picture contributed

Throughout March, people are encouraged to buy and wear a daffodil pin to show their support – but this year’s appeal means even more than previous years. Marie Curie nurses have been on the frontline of the pandemic providing vital care for dying people and their loved ones. And at the same time, the charity has been unable to fundraise as normal.

Belinda said: “We have been thrown into a situation we had no idea would happen and here we are a year later. I think it is important we stop for a moment on Tuesday to remember how many people have been affected by this.

“I am delighted that the government has agreed to recognise it officially – this is really good news. Let’s paint the village yellow for everyone to enjoy.”

Belinda paid a special thanks to Evelyn Stenning for preparing the daffodil wraps with ribbons and labels.

Belinda Campopiano, owner of Chez Fleur florist in Cuckfield

She added that she will be donating bunches of daffodils to local food banks so recipients can also have some on the day.

Marie Curie chief executive Matthew Reed said it was ‘important that we all come together to reflect on our collective loss, celebrate the lives of the special people no longer here and support those who’ve been bereaved and look towards a much brighter future’.

Picture contributed
Picture contributed