IT has been devastating year which has at times has seen families left to grieve the loss of a loved one without the close support of people around them.
With restrictions in place for most of 2020, even saying goodbye following the loss of a father, brother, mother, sister, son or daughter has made the pain all the harder to bear.
As we watched the damage and havoc coronavirus was wreaking on our daily lives and saw the death toll continue to rise, The Herald looked at how we could help.
From a simple idea of creating a place where people could go to remember loved ones or reflect, The Herald memorial garden campaign was born. Seven months on since we launched the campaign, sadly many more lives have been lost to this dreadful virus and we now find ourselves being plunged into tougher restrictions to help battle the threat from the spread of a new strain of the virus.
In a year when we have witnessed unstinting acts of bravery and kindness, we too have been given a boost as we close this year with the offer of a £10,000 pledge towards our £50,000 fundraising target.
An approach was made by the Freemasons of Glasgow who described our campaign as “a thoughtful initiative” and said they were keen to become involved. We can today reveal that the £10,000 donation towards our campaign, has taken our total raised to more than £41,000.
Donald Martin, editor-in-chief of The Herald and Herald on Sunday, said: “We are absolutely delighted by this generous donation from the Freemasons of Glasgow and for their kind words with regard to our campaign. This fantastic amount means we have raised more than £40,000 towards creating a fitting memorial to those who have lost their lives to coronavirus and what could be a memorial for the nation.”
Andrew Mushet, Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow, The Freemasons of Glasgow, offered their support to the campaign.
Mr Mushet said: “It is…