Events and celebrations have moved online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Remembrance Day will be no different.
Helston Community Hospital’s annual armistice event will be taking on a different format this year, broadcasting online on Friday 6 November at 7pm, ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
Despite the disturbance to normal event plans, Neill Wilson, veteran’s link at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, wasn’t letting COVID-19 stop him from organising a stand out evening to mark Remembrance Day.
Neill commented: “This year’s event will certainly be different. Although we are spread across the UK, we are all in this together, and without each other, there isn’t society.
“The event will be a chance to not only remember our fallen war heroes, but also those we have lost due to the pandemic, as well as say thank you to everyone that has supported the NHS through this tough time.”
The Microsoft Teams live event will showcase music from Hannah Abigail and harpist, Ruth Wall; poetry readings from the wider community; Helston Hospital Players will take the audience on a visual journey of remembrance; and the evening will end with a short service.
“The virus has changed the way that I work as a performer.” Hannah Abigail commented. “When Neill approached me, I didn't realise the individual journeys that we would go on to get us to the event. It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. It is such a pleasure to perform and reach out to a wider audience. This event means so much to me, as Neill had said right at the beginning of our journey in June, let's not let this virus stop us; we have to start to live again.”
Anyone who would like to join the event can join by typing this address into their web browser: https://bit.ly/2FZZFwp