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Should we end lockdowns for the sake of our Mental Wellbeing

This Pandemic has meant 10’s of thousands have had to cope with the early deaths of loved ones and 100’s of thousands left to deal with a long-term illness caused by ‘Long-Covid’. Millions have been impacted by fear, isolation, loneliness, the economic fallout of lockdowns, domestic abuse, addiction, and poverty.

With a national lock-down again in Wales, new lockdown tiers in Scotland, and increasing lockdowns across England, have we now…

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Introducing ‘The Groves of Reflection’

If you follow us you will know that we are growing a Forest of Memories to remember the loved ones lost because of Covid-19. A Forest created with love for those we have lost today, and built on themes of sustainability, accessibility, and education to benefit future generations.

You will also probably have picked up that the Forest of Memories has a duel purpose of…

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Where will the Forest of Memories be?

In the last few months, we have run a consultation process on views and ideas for the Forest of Memories, a forest that will remember the loved ones lost because of Covid19. One of the key things that we have gathered views (and have fielded many questions on) during the consultation period is a simple question “where will the Forest of Memories be?” Today we can give you an…

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A ‘blueprint’ for the Forest of Memories

As announced by Salmaan Nasser this week the initial consultation period for the Forest of Memories has ended and we are moving into the next stage. That next stage is one where we will bring the collective vision for the Forest of Memories into reality.

As we start this new exciting stage of the Forests development, we wanted to give our supporters a full update…

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On July 9th, 2020, the Covid-19 Memorial Forest Fund was launched with its first blog post. Since then we have embarked on a process to bring an idea to the public’s attention. That idea is one of planting a Forest in remembrance of the loved ones lost because of Covid-19.

Why we started the Covid-19 Memorial Forest project

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You can trace the beginnings of…

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What do people want in the Forest of Memories?

In our first survey in August 2020 we were told that 95% of people wanted a forest planted to remember the loved ones lost because of Covid-19. In our 2nd survey, at the start of September we asked people for their views on what exactly they would want from this ‘Forest of Memories’. We put some innovative (and perhaps challenging) suggestions out there to see what people thought.

Will…

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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…

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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…

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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 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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