Fund for Covid memorial is set to smash £2m barrier

Fund for Covid memorial is set to smash £2m barrier after £100k donation from generous reader

  • Target was set at £2.3million to get a Covid memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral 
  • The campaign total is currently standing at a magnificent total of £1,959,538
  • Memorial will feature grand oak portico engraved with the words ‘Remember Me’

The Remember Me campaign is on the verge of smashing through the £2million barrier thanks to a £100,000 donation from a generous Mail reader.

The stunning gift from the kind-hearted donor – who wishes to remain anonymous – means the drive to fund a Covid memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral is now tantalisingly close to its target of £2.3million.

Since the Mail’s launch earlier this month, more than £312,000 has flooded in from thousands of readers while £1.1million has been secured in major pledges.

Together with funds already collected by the cathedral, the campaign has now banked a magnificent total of £1,959,538.

In addition, St Paul’s is expecting to claim almost £40,000 in Gift Aid which would take the total to more than £1,999,300.

Since the Mail’s launch earlier this month, more than £312,000 has flooded in from thousands of readers while £1.1million has been secured in major pledge. (Pictured: Pile of reader contributions)

The Remember Me campaign is on the verge of smashing through the £2million barrier thanks to a £100,000 donation from a generous Mail reader – with the drive to fund a Covid memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral is now tantalisingly close

The cathedral’s director of development, Nicky Wynne, said she had been left ‘inspired’ by the latest boost and the generosity shown by our readers.

‘Thanks to the Daily Mail readers including the incredibly generous anonymous donation of £100,000 announced today, we are almost there! This really proves the Remember Me campaign has really been embraced by everyone across the UK.

‘This memorial is a symbol of hope, solace and comfort and it fills me with such inspiration and passion to see the impact the campaign has had and continues to have,’ she added.

It is hoped the outstanding funds can be raised as soon as possible so works on the memorial can be completed by March 2022 – the second anniversary of the pandemic which has claimed 128,000 UK lives.

The memorial will feature a grand oak portico engraved with the words ‘Remember Me’ in several languages.

It will lead into a commemorative space within the Middlesex Chapel which will house digital screens displaying a virtual book of remembrance immortalising the names of those lost. The book open to all faiths and none was launched online last summer and now bears the names of more than 9,300 victims.

Encouraging more people to add tributes to loved ones lost, indirectly or directly, to Covid, Miss Wynne said: ‘We really want to ensure as many people as possible are represented. We want to make them part of our history, never to be forgotten.

‘Please feel you can leave a memorial to your loved ones wherever you are in the UK at www.Rememberme2020.uk and please share with friends and family.’ 

Miss Wynne, who herself lost a loved one to the virus, added: ‘As someone from Scotland I want this to reach the far corners of the UK.

‘We are completely dedicated to the personal process, we want to take care of all the family and friends who do this as we know how hard it is.’

Each person’s story is dealt with individually by moderators from the St Paul’s Remember Me team, who offer support to the bereaved as they complete their entry.

The campaign has seen large pledges from Lord Sugar, who lost two siblings to the virus, entrepreneur Matt Moulding, Egyptian businessman Mohamed Mansour and Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

It is free to add a name to the virtual book and it will also be free to enter the memorial – the first major addition to the cathedral in 150 years. Readers can still claim one of the Mail’s commemorative limited edition Remember Me candles – sent as a thank you to those giving £25 or more. Less than 1,700 of the 5,000 bespoke candles remain. 

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