Memorial garden for those lost to Covid-19 takes shape

A memorial garden is being created to remember those lost to Covid-19.

Jane Stevenson MP and Wayne Brigden from Amey as the memorial garden is built after the British Legion raised cash online
Jane Stevenson MP and Wayne Brigden from Amey as the memorial garden is built after the British Legion raised cash online

The Royal British Legion committee, based in Vicarage Road Wednesfield, decided to build the garden in honour of members of the club who lost their lives during the pandemic and others.

Members have not been able to carry out their usual fundraising, so a Justgiving page was launched by the club to raise the £5,000 needed to pay for the transformation and upkeep for 12 months.

Builders from Amey and local tradespeople began construction on March 29.

The garden’s progress was unveiled during a socially-distanced opening ceremony, which was attended by Jane Stevenson, MP for Wednesfield North.

Ray Giles, secretary at Wednesfield Royal British Legion, said: “We have been joined in this project by the building and infrastructure contractors Amey, who I must say have been absolutely amazing with commitments to labour and materials.

“Alongside Amey, we organised community days when we set the plans in motion for laying slabs and installing fencing.

“We have a team of skilled and unskilled people giving community input days from various companies, led by and sourced through the contractors.

“Plus their supply chain is donating materials and in some cases cash, we would not be able to do this without them and their employees.

“Once the area has been developed, a commemorative stone and plaque will be installed for remembrance and reflection.

“I am so pleased and extremely humbled by the way people and companies have rallied to support this very worthy cause.”

The Royal British Legion also has a memorial for ex-servicemen and military personnel.

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