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Day of Reflection with Respectful Tributes

Fr Kevin McElhennon (Catholic), Rev Jane Nelson (Presbyterian) And Cannon Derek Quinn (Church Of Ireland) At Omagh Hospital

We marked the first anniversary of the first national lockdown with a number of low key and respectful activities held across the Trust area.

Designated as a National Day of Reflection, March 23rd, 2021, marked the one year anniversary of the first day of national lockdown across the UK in the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex Hospital Chaplains; the Reverend Jane Nelson (Presbyterian), Fr Kevin McElhennon (Catholic) and Cannon Derek Quinn (Church of Ireland), led a Day of Reflection Prayer Walk, through the Hospital Grounds.

The aim of the 40 minute walk was to allow both staff and visitors to take some quiet time throughout the day to reflect on the past twelve months in their own way and to provide an opportunity to mark the occasion in a socially distanced, outdoor setting.

The route of the walk, which ran througSr Rosa Wong (Catholic) And Rev Lorna Dreaning (Methodist) With The Tree Of Reflection At South West Acute Hospitalhout the day, took approximately 40 minutes to complete and started at the main Hospital entrance.

At the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, Sister Rosa Wong (Catholic) and the Reverend Lorna Dreaning (Methodist) unveiled a “Tree of Reflection”.

The tree provides a focal point where messages of support and reflection can be posted and displayed as a means of marking the date.

At Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry/Londonderry, the Reverend Keith Hibbert (Presbyterian) and the Reverend Lindsay Blair (Presbyterian) held a short prayer service to mark the anniversary.

Staff from across the Western Trust created their own “Tree of Memory” made up of meWard 46, Postnatal Team, Altnagelvin Hospitalssages, poems and reflections from colleagues to mark the National Day of Remembrance.

Based on a similar theme to the Tree of Reflection, this simple gesture provides staff with a means to reflect on their experiences, collate their thoughts and post public messages of support for each other.

Speaking about the National Day of Reflection, Western Trust Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said: “As a Trust we felt it was important to mark this occasion respectfully and with quiet dignity; that we took a little time out to reflect on the huge significance represented by this date and all that has occurred in the year since.”

“At this time in particular our thoughts are with those who have sadly lost their lives to the virus and to the families and friends who have been left bereaved.

“We again extend our gratitude to our incredible Western Trust Heroes who have shown great dedication and commitment in fighting this pandemic and caring for all those affected.

“Finally, on this National Day of Reflection, we would like to say to the public who have made many sacrifices in order to save the lives of others, that your efforts are immensely appreciated by all of us in the Western Trust.”