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Launch of Coronavirus memorial website Lost/Found

A new website, launched today, has collated memorials for people who have died throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The project, Lost/Found, is the first of its type in Scotland which aims to remember those lost in Perth and Kinross - and across the country.

The Lost/Found memorials, all told by the families left behind, are a stark reminder of the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. As people died, the families they left behind could not exchange stories of those who died, could not hug family or play music for their loved ones. This project aims to ensure that those who died will be remembered, that their stories will be shared.

The project, which is run by Perth and Kinross Council, also includes COVID stories from around Scotland which capture moments of loss and discovery during the months of lockdown and beyond.

Many of the families who contributed to the website have gone on to the second phase of the project and are working with artists to create physical memorials to remember those lost. The artists include a musician, glass blower and painters and more. There will be an exhibition of the work shown in 2021.

Anna Day, who is managing Lost/Found, said: "It's been a privilege to hear the stories of some of those who died. I've heard stories that made me laugh out loud but I've cried many times too. I hope that people enjoy reading about these extraordinary men and women and that they are remembered well.

"It's also been fascinating to read about the COVID times that people have had, including Professor Dame Sue Black and Tom Kitchin. I'd love to hear from other people who want to share their experiences."

If you would like to share the story of someone who has died during COVID-19 - whether it was of COVID or any other illness - please get in touch with Anna Day.