The Herald memorial garden campaign has been highlighted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a speech at the Scottish Parliament.

As revealed by The Herald today the First Minister has offered her support for our campaign to create a garden of remembrance as a tribute to those who have lost their lives to covid.

Our campaign was alo boosted after the Scottish Government offered to boost our public fund by more than £16,000 to help us reach the milestone of £60,000.

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Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Miss Sturgeon said: "Today has been designated a national day of reflection and I know many people will be thinking about those we have lost during the year whatever the cause of their death.

"Eariler today I stood with others to observe a minute silence. That silence I know was observed by many thousands across the country.

"The Scottish Government is also helping to fund the creation of a national memorial garden in Pollok Park in Glasgow as part of an intiative led by The Herald newspaper."

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She said acts of collective remembrance are especially important because one of the cruellist aspects of the pandemic has undoubtedly been its impact on our ability to grieve.