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Beautiful rainbow heart memorial to be built for town’s Covid-19 victims


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Poignant plans have been announced to erect a permanent memorial in tribute to Doncaster’s Covid-19 victims.

The sculpture, announced by Team Doncaster, will pay tribute to the key workers who support the community as well as those who’ve lost their lives through the coronavirus pandemic.

Named ‘Hearts for Doncaster ‘, the piece will measure at around nine feet tall and 18 feet wide with an exact location still to be decided.

The final structure will resemble a rainbow with multicoloured hearts, each containing a dedication to friends and family.

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5,000 individual hearts will be used during the construction of the monument which residents can own by providing a donation of £20.

Proceeds from the project will be reinvested into Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals charity for improvements to patient care and treatment.

Plans suggest that the structure shall be completed by summer and be erected mid-to-late 2021.

Organisers are hoping the statue can act as a monument to the pandemic, reminding ourselves and future generations of the hard work, sacrifice and loss experienced over the past year.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “The last year has been a year we’ll never forget. As a community, we’ve suffered heart break like never before and had to adapt to a very different way of living.

“Throughout this time, we have depended on our key workers to ensure that our essential services continue to function, and for that we will never be able to put into words the debt of gratitude we owe these individuals.

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“As Team Doncaster, we want to pay tribute to these selfless efforts, as well as mark the sad passing of friends, family and loved ones who have been taken before their time.

“With our ‘Hearts for Doncaster’ memorial, we will create a lasting and loving monument to the sacrifices made during the past 12 months, creating a special place where, when it is safe to do so, we can come together to reflect upon our experiences throughout the pandemic, and remember those who we have lost.”

Richard Parker, Chief Executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals said: “Local people can get involved in this project by dedicating a heart. Each of these can have a simple message of your choosing and will be a core part of the design of the memorial.

“Most importantly, any funds raised will be reinvested in local NHS services – on which so many of us have depended throughout the past year.”

Written by: Rother Radio News

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