Covid memorial fund will destroy £ 2million mark after £ 100,000 donation from generous reader
- The goal was set at £ 2.3 million to have a Covid memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral
- The campaign total currently stands at a stunning £ 1,959,538
- Memorial will feature a large oak portico inscribed with the words ‘Remember Me’
The Remember Me campaign is about to break the £ 2 million mark thanks to a donation of £ 100,000 from a generous email reader.
The astonishing gift from the kind-hearted donor – who wishes to remain anonymous – means that the drive to fund a Covid memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral is now tantalizingly close to the £ 2.3 million goal.
Since the Mail’s launch earlier this month, more than £ 312,000 has been poured in from thousands of readers, while £ 1.1 million has been secured in big pledges.
Together with funds already raised by the cathedral, the campaign has now raised a stunning total of £ 1,959,538.
In addition, St Paul’s expects to claim nearly £ 40,000 in Gift Aid, bringing the total to over £ 1,999,300.
Since the Mail’s launch earlier this month, more than £ 312,000 has flowed in from thousands of readers, while £ 1.1 million has been secured in a big pledge. (Pictured: Stack of Readers’ Contributions)
The Remember Me campaign is about to break the £ 2 million mark thanks to a £ 100,000 donation from a generous Mail reader – with the drive to fund a Covid memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral is now seductively close
Cathedral Development Director Nicky Wynne said she was “ inspired ” by the latest boost and the generosity of our readers.
Thanks to the Daily Mail readers, including the incredibly generous anonymous £ 100,000 donation announced today, we’re almost there! This really proves that the Remember Me campaign has really been embraced by everyone in the UK.
‘This monument is a symbol of hope, comfort and comfort and it fills me with so much inspiration and passion to see the impact the campaign has had and continues to have,’ she added.
It is hoped that the outstanding funds can be raised as soon as possible so that works on the monument can be completed by March 2022 – the second anniversary of the pandemic that claimed 128,000 British lives.
The monument will include a large oak portico inscribed with the words ‘Remember Me’ in various languages.
It will lead to a memorial space in the Middlesex Chapel that will feature digital screens with a virtual memorial book immortalizing the names of the lost. The book is open to all faiths and none were launched online last summer and now bears the names of more than 9,300 victims.
Miss Wynne encouraged more people to pay tribute to loved ones who, indirectly or directly, have been lost to Covid: “We really want to make sure that as many people as possible are represented. We want to make them part of our history, never to be forgotten.
‘Please think you can leave a memorial for your loved ones wherever you are in the UK at www.Rememberme2020.uk, and please share it with friends and family.’
Miss Wynne, who herself has 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 fully committed to the personal process, we want to take care of all family and friends who are doing this because we know how difficult it is.”
Each person’s story is handled individually by moderators from the St Paul’s Remember Me team, who provide support for the next of kin in completing their submission.
The campaign has seen big commitments from Lord Sugar, who lost two siblings to the virus, entrepreneur Matt Molding, Egyptian businessman Mohamed Mansour and Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.
It’s free to add a name to the virtual book, and it’s also free to enter the monument – the first significant addition to the cathedral in 150 years. Readers can still claim one of the Mail’s limited edition memorial candles – sent as a thank you note to those who donate £ 25 or more. Less than 1,700 of the 5,000 custom-made candles are left.