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‘Living memorial’ to Covid victims opens in East London


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Photograph: London Assembly

A “residing memorial” to Londoners who’ve misplaced their lives to Covid-19 was opened earlier this week in Stratford by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The London Blossom Garden on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park commemorates residents who’ve died through the pandemic, that includes 33 blossom timber to signify the capital’s 32 boroughs and the City of London.

Khan additionally introduced the launch of a bereavement help programme that can direct Londoners to recommendation and help and that can start with a public consciousness marketing campaign.

He mentioned: “This new public backyard is an enduring residing memorial in recognition of the impression that Covid has had, and continues to have, on our metropolis. It is a spot to be a part of collectively to bear in mind the greater than 19,000 Londoners who’ve tragically died, to replicate on our personal experiences of the pandemic, to spotlight how this virus has disproportionately impacted lots of our communities, and to pay tribute to the continued efforts of our key employees.

“It continues to be an extremely tough time for Londoners as we battle the virus, and I would like all those that have skilled loss to know that there’s help accessible to them. Nothing will make dropping somebody you’re keen on any simpler, however we would like Londoners to know they don’t seem to be alone. We are right here for you, as a metropolis.”

Details of the “In loving reminiscence of Londoners misplaced” marketing campaign, in addition to hyperlinks to recommendation and help will be discovered on the Thrive LDN web site.

There can be an ongoing marketing campaign to have a everlasting memorial to Covid-19 victims inside St Paul’s Cathedral, whereas the London Assembly unanimously voted earlier this yr in favour of supporting an emergency companies cenotaph in London to pay tribute to NHS and emergency service employees.

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