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This Moving Memorial Wall Honours The Victims Of The Pandemic With Hand-Drawn Hearts

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

the national covid memorial wall features 150,000 red hearts for each person lost to the pandemic

In a heartbreakingly beautiful tribute to more than 150,000 people who have died from Covid-19, a half-kilometer-long National Covid Memorial Wall on the South Bank outside of St. Thomas’ Hospital is being hand-painted with red hearts for each life lost to the pandemic.

The mural is organised by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, a campaign group dedicated to supporting bereaved families who have lost loved ones to the novel coronavirus. The group’s members, with the help of 1,500 volunteers, worked in socially-distanced groups of six to paint the hearts one by one in April 2021—and are now repainting faded hearts and messages to maintain the wall. New hearts are added daily as the pandemic continues.

A National Covid Memorial Wall Honours The Victims Of The Pandemic With 150,000 Red Hearts

In a public crowdfunding campaign, Matt Fowler, co-founder of the organisation, explains: “Each heart represents someone who was loved. Someone who was lost too soon to Covid-19.” He adds: “Every heart is hand-drawn and unique – just like the loved ones we mourn.”

A National Covid Memorial Wall Honours The Victims Of The Pandemic With 150,000 Red Hearts

The beautiful tribute invites all those affected by loss to share their grief through the display of love that the National Covid Memorial Wall represents. More than 200 Members of Parliament have already joined calls to make the memorial permanent, and a digital version is available for virtual walkthroughs, accompanied by audio clips sharing personal stories of those who have passed. You can find it here.

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