Vigil for Sarah Everard
The rescheduled vigil will take place on Friday 16th April at 8pm on The Playing Close. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and therefore it feels even more important to show solidarity for Sarah Everard, her family and her friends, and other women and girls who experience harassment, stalking and assault.
There will be a moment of silence at 8.15pm where we will light a candle or a torch and then all are welcome to tie a purple ribbon to the frontage of The Playing Close and the Fountain in memory of Sarah or anyone else who has been a victim or survivor of violence.
All are welcome to attend, including men and boys.
The vigil is for Sarah who was kidnapped and murdered trying to get home on the evening of March 3rd, but it is also for all women and girls who feel unsafe inside their homes, on our streets, at work and who face violence and harassment every day.
To keep everyone safe and to protect the NHS, please wear masks, stay in your bubble and socially distance. There will be hand sanitiser on every entrance and exit to The Playing Close as well as a QR code to scan if you have the NHS Test and Trace app, which I encourage you to turn on. There will be stewards present to keep everyone safe.
Charlbury Town Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Thames Valley Police have all been consulted and have endorsed a respectful and peaceful vigil.
I would like to thank Nikki Rycroft from the Charlbury Medical Centre for organising the stewarding of the vigil and to Vicky Burton who has contributed the beautiful purple ribbon.
For those of you unable to attend to show support and solidarity in person, there are a number of organisations who you can donate to. There is the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) - https://www.osarcc.org.uk/donate/, Reducing the Risk, a domestic violence advisory service - https://reducingtherisk.org.uk/donations-and-fundraising/ and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust - https://www.suzylamplugh.org/fundraisers/remembering-sarah-everard.
For any questions or concerns about the vigil, please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org