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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.