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Monday 20 September 2021

Brighton & Hove Remembers Lives & Losses During The Pandemic With A Day of Compassion

On Sunday 17 October 2021 at 4pm in Brighton Dome Concert Hall, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove will oversee an inspirational service honouring the people of our city and the lives lost from the coronavirus pandemic. Entitled A Service of Compassion, the event will serve at the heart of a city-wide initiative – A Day of Compassion. 

The Day of Compassion is the initiative of the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Alan Robins and his Chaplain, the Interfaith Contact Group. 

Talking about this special day the Mayor said: 

"Our City, like so many, has suffered terribly during the Pandemic. We cannot quantify the pain, but we all share the sorrow of those who experienced the passing of nearly 500 people - friends and relatives – who died in our City at this time. 

"In Brighton & Hove we have all experienced losses, and The Day of Compassion allows our City, a place unique for its spirit, to share its sorrows and come together in a gesture of heartfelt kind-heartedness. 

"This is the Essence of the Day and also the Service of Compassion at the Brighton Dome."

The Day is being run by Brighton & Hove's Interfaith Contact Group, which serves as Chaplain to the Mayor, and represents many of the faith groups, and none, in the city. Everyone is welcome to take part and share a moment of compassion on this special day.

A variety of music, uplifting messages, films, memories and recitations will be featured at the Service of Compassion. From 11am to 2pm, Brighton Dome's Foyer will also be open as A Place for Reflection, with stalls for visitors run by a selection of charities and services that have supported the city during these difficult times. 

In other parts of Brighton, healing support groups, workshops, exhibitions, music and meditation sessions will take place at venues including the Friends' Meeting House, Unitarian Church and Fabrica Gallery. 

An exhibition about the City and its people during the pandemic, honouring the Day of Compassion will be held in the Jubilee Library from the 11th to the 24th of October.

Tickets are free for the Service of Compassion but must be booked in advance, via Brighton Dome"s website or phone line. 

The event will be BSL Interpreted. A Place for Reflection is free and open to attend in the Foyer from 11am to 2pm, no booking required. 

A Service of Compassion - 4pm, Sunday 17 October 2021 - Brighton Dome Concert. Book tickets from Wednesday 1 September: brightondome.org | and also via this link, or call  01273 709709.

by: Mike Cobley




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