Tonight, March 26, 2020 at 8 pm, the Church Bells will ring out for five minutes (normally the time that shifts change in the hospital) to applaud the frontline workers trying to save lives in the Coronavirus outbreak.
Foyle Search and Rescue is urging the Derry public to stand at their front door and applauded ALL those on the frontline, doctors, nurses, shopworkers, delivery drivers, police, fire, ambulance, SAR.
It says: “The list is endless to name them all but thank you to each and everyone of you.
• This is to send out solidarity to all those who work on the frontline in the battle to keep people alive and stop the spread of the virus
• To let the people who are victims of the virus and their relatives know that we are all thinking and praying for them
• It is also to show support for the hundreds of people who are helping those less fortunate and lonely in the community
• Let those who are lonely and frightened know that we are there for them
• Show that the people of this City and District care for each other
“We are practicing self-distancing at a time of great fear and loneliness.
“Even when people are dying we cannot visit them to pay our respects.
“How difficult is that for the bereaved?
“This gesture is for all of us to share our fear, grief and sense of isolation.
“However, it is also a symbol of our solidarity – the sound of heavenly music that shows that we care and that together we will eventually defeat this virus.
“Please feel free to share.”