Luke Pollard MP has joined 227 MPs, Peers and Mayors in writing to the Prime Minister urging him to support the campaign for the Covid Memorial Wall in London to become a permanent site. The letter is spearheaded by Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton, who lost his mum and both his parents-in-law to coronavirus and has been working with Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice on securing the future of the wall.
The Covid Memorial Wall, with its endless line of hand-drawn red hearts, has engulfed the wall opposite Parliament since March as bereaved families visited the site to add messages for their loved ones. It has since become a place for people to come together, to reflect on the tragedy of what has happened, and to begin to heal.
The letter states: “Given the poignancy of this site, the need to give grieving families a place to mourn their loved ones, and your previous commitment to a national Covid memorial, we, the undersigned, support calls to make this wall of hearts a, if not the, permanent memorial to the victims of the pandemic.”
Among the signatories of this letter are over 160 MPs from across the House of Commons as well as numerous members of the House of Lords. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Florence Eshalomi MP, in whose constituency the wall resides, are also signatories.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“In memory of those we lost, we should make the COVID Memorial Wall a lasting place of remembrance.
This wall is a powerful reminder of human cost of the pandemic. So many people in Plymouth, just like the rest of the country, are grieving for loved ones. My thoughts are with them, as well as with our NHS heroes who have worked tirelessly to save so many lives.
I’m proud to support this campaign to secure the future of the Covid Wall as a permanent memorial to their sacrifices.”
Afzal Khan MP added:
“The Covid Memorial Wall is an extraordinary site and deeply moving. I had the privilege to visit the site last month where I left messages to remember my mum and both my parents-in-law whose lives were so cruelly cut short by this virus. I hope one day to be able to bring my children and grandchildren to see these messages and the wall for themselves.
It is fantastic to see such support across Parliament and the country for this campaign, it just goes to show that while we may not always be united in our politics, we are all united in our grief for those lost to the pandemic.”
You can read the full letter to the Prime Minister at the top of the page.