Charter Walk remember lost loved ones with yellow heart installation #loveforthelost

Charter Walk Shopping Centre are remembering Covid-19 lost loved ones and supporting families bereaved with a special installation at the centre. Recently installed giant yellow heart will be displayed at the centre to raise awareness of lost loved ones due to coronavirus.

#loveforthelost support group are self-formed by a community of families bereaved by the recent Covid 19 pandemic. Their aim is simple, they want to ensure their loved ones are recognised and remembered as more than just a statistic. As life starts to return to a little more normality it’s important to remember families who are affected.

The group came together when the Gompertz family put a yellow heart in their window to remember their grandma/ mother/ wife, Sheila, and encouraged others grieving to do similar. The idea took off and they set up a Facebook group to allow people to share photos and stories of their loved ones. The page has quickly become an online tribute to many of the lost and the group has grown to nearly 6,000 members.

Debbie Hernon, centre manager said ‘The pandemic has presented unprecedented and extraordinary challenges for our communities, our retailers, our teams and our customers. We wanted to support the campaign to remember loved ones that lost their lives due to the outbreak of Covid-19. We were approached by a lady called Helen who recently lost her mother and we wanted to show our support to families across Burnley who are grieving’.

Here’s Helen’s story… My mum, Joan, was taken into hospital on 30th March with breathing difficulties after being ill with a chest infection and then suspected Covid 19. She had previously been a healthy and active 73 year old. After nearly 3 weeks on a ventilator mum passed away on the 18th April. After, I joined a social media group called Yellow Hearts to Remember – covid 19 where fellow members support each other and share their stories. The group encourages those that have lost someone to Covid 19 to display a yellow heart in their window to show that behind the numbers are people that are loved and will be missed.