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PRESS RELEASE – Covid Memorial Day

2 September, 2020 (no embargo)

Nationwide vigils to mark six months since first Briton died of UK COVID

Exactly six months since the BBC reported that a 70-year-old woman had become the first Briton to die of COVID-19 people across the country will come together in a national day of remembrance.

In cities, towns and villages, there will be candlelit vigils and socially distanced memorial services for the tens of thousands that have been lost to COVID19.

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Covid Memorial Day 5th September 2020 Replay

At 5pm on Saturday 5th September 2020, 6 months on from when the first reported death from Covid19 was reported, a remembrance service was held in London at Newington Green Unitarian Church followed by a Candle light vigil in Trafalgar Square at 8 p.m.  Read here about the day and the keynote speech delivered by Salmaan Nasser, Chief Vision Officer of Our Heroes CIC who is leading the campaign to create The Forest of Memories through the Covid19 Memorial Forest Fund.

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Covid Memorial Day – 5th Sept 2020

Like clap for carers, Covid Memorial Day is an idea – not an organisation or a campaign. It originated with journalist Stefan Simanowitz and friends who felt there was a need for a moment of reflection and remembrance. People are putting pictures of candles in their windows; similar to the rainbows that appeared in support of NHS and health-care workers. Please join them on this special day.

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The vision to plant a ‘Forest of Memories’ because of Covid-19

The Covid19 Memorial Forest fund are pushing forward with the creation of a forest of remembrance for the loved ones lost because of Covid-19. Based on feedback and ideas from people so far, that forest is now bigger in ambition than we had first envisaged.  But what is the vision now, and what will the name of the Forest be?

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Is a death due to Covid-19 more important than any other death?

The Covid19 Memorial Forest Fund has been accused (by some on Social Media) of elevating COVID-19 deaths above other deaths. We are told that we should not create a forest memorial to those who died from Covid-19 as people have also died from other things as a result of lockdown. Is that right? Should we forget about creating a memorial to the loved ones lost because of COVID-19?

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How to plant a forest without money!

We are a little over three weeks into the project to plant a Covid19 Memorial Forest, but gosh it does seem much, much longer. So much progress has been made in such a short time. Back in May when we first started kicking ideas around about this project it was hard to imagine we would reach this point. We had no money for the project, and planting a Forest wasn’t even in our minds. So how did we get here, and where exactly is here anyway?
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Our Heroes Community Interest Company launches The Covid19 Memorial Forest Fund

Today, a campaign to plant a Covid19 Memorial Forest has been launched by Our Heroes CIC.  We have been working on this idea for a couple of months now and it feels great that we can now finally share our excitement with the wider world with the launch of our campaign website http://www.Covid19MemorialForest.Fund

So, who are ‘Our Heroes’?

Our Heroes CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise run by an ordinary group of people who have come together to fulfil the ambition to remember and celebrate the heroes of our historic time. Those whom we have lost and those who have helped us in our time of collective need.

Why do we want to plant a COVID-19 Memorial Forest?

Because of Covid19, there are people who did not get a chance to say goodbye to loved ones, families who could not mourn together, and people who did not visit sick relatives to support them in times of need.

But we have also seen ordinary people doing remarkable things, often putting their own lives at risk to help others. None of these people asked to be heroes, or did things for personal glory, but without hesitating they helped us all in our shared time of need.

It is our sincere desire to bring our nation together to create a place people can go to remember these heroes. A place where people can remember, reflect and celebrate their lives. Our vision for the forest is that it will also be a symbol of recovery as well as a national monument of remembrance and celebration.

It is our hope that a national COVID-19 Memorial Forest will help our nation leave a lasting memorial to remember the loved ones we lost, celebrate the heroes that helped us, and leave a legacy that also benefits future generations. Both as a space to enjoy by generations to come, and to help combat climate change, the other great challenge of our time.

What are the Covid19 Memorial Forest plans?

Our ambition is to plant a forest of at least 50,000 trees in the UK to celebrate the deeds, big or small, done by ordinary members of our community, and to remember those we lost. They are more than just a number.

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