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Daily launches bid to build memorial for coronavirus victims

A daily newspaper is planning to build a memorial for all victims of coronavirus in Scotland.

Glasgow-based daily The Herald has launched a campaign which aims to create a memorial garden and cairn, a man-made landmark made of a pile of stone, to honour those who have died from COVID-19.

The Herald is calling for a “volunteer army” to come forward and help the ‘Garden of Remembrance’ campaign, while a £50,000 fundraising target has been set.

The paper says its aim is to “create a space for friends and families to go to whether it’s to be alone with their thoughts or together as they remember loved ones”.

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An example of a cairn

Glasgow City Council has offered to make a site available at Pollok Country Park for the memorial garden.

The idea has been backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and has also received cross-party support

In a piece announcing the campaign’s launch, assistant news editor Deborah Anderson wrote: “The global pandemic has taken parents, grandparents, husbands, wives and partners before their time. And for many the heartache was made all the worse for not being able to hold their hand or be at their bedsides.

“Coronavirus has torn people apart and cruelly split up families which is why today The Herald is launching its Garden of Remembrance campaign to create a place where people can simply sit and think of their relatives.

“We want to build a memorial cairn to remember every single victim of coronavirus in Scotland. And we are looking for a volunteer army to help create it.”

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken said: “Even when things start to approach normality we can never forget those we have lost.

“We need to make space for people to reflect and remember but we need to do it in a way that reflects that new normal.

“It would be fitting for Glasgow to play a part in finding that space.”

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