Covid-19 Memorial Tree campaign receives funding boost – and a tree!

The Dacorum Covid-19 Memorial Tree campaign has received a tremendous boost in the past two weeks.

On 27 May, Sir Mike Penning, Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, was presented with a cheque for the Memorial Tree Fund for £4,100 by Dr Allen Hanouka, CEO Gama Healthcare. This, along with a recent donation from the Nisa Local in Crabtree Lane and other donations has given the project huge momentum.

Gama Healthcare specialises in infection prevention products and has recently moved to new headquarters in Maylands Avenue.

Dr Hanouka said:

“We at Gama Healthcare are delighted to support this local campaign. We have been working hard throughout this pandemic to do our bit to help fight the spread of covid-19.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show our support for local people who have lost friends and family members.”

Kishor Patel owner of Nisa Local in Crabtree Lane said:

“We have supported many local community projects since 2008 and this is a very worthwhile cause. We are happy to contribute. So many people have been affected by this terrible pandemic and a Memorial Tree will be a great way to remember family and friends.”

Later, in the week, Sir Mike accompanied Margaret Sharp, who is a carers ambassador for Carers In Hertfordshire, and founder of the Memorial Tree campaign to visit Majestic Trees in Flamstead.

They met with owner Steve McCurdy who has offered the campaign a 9m-high copper beech tree at cost price.

Sir Mike said:

“I am over the moon with these two generous offers which means that the campaign is now well on its way to reaching its objective.

“Dacorum Borough Council has offered a designated area in Gadebridge Park and we hope to plant the tree at a suitable time in the Autumn.”

Campaign organiser Margaret Sharp said:

“Sadly, I know many people who have lost friends and family as a result of this terrible pandemic. It is devastating that so many families were unable to say a proper goodbye to their loved ones because of the lockdown restrictions.

“This beautiful copper beech tree will be a lovely focal point for people seeking a quiet spot for a moment of reflection to remember those they lost.”

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