Residents of Sutton Bonington, near Castle Donnington, now have a dedicated space to remember those lost during the pandemic after a donation of granite from Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry.
A memorial stone has been installed at the entrance to the playing field and serves as a lasting tribute to the many people who died due to COVID-19.
It is also a tribute to the scientists, NHS staff, carers, and key workers the country relied on throughout these challenging times.
Sutton Bonington Parish Council approached Tarmac looking to purchase a large piece of granite to be the centre point of the memorial, however the team at the quarry decided a donation would be more appropriate.
Sheila Harrod, a parish councillor at Sutton Bonington Parish Council, said: “The parish council would like to thank Tarmac, who donated the granite, and English Rose Memorials, who provided the plaque, for their support with this project.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who kept the country going during the pandemic and this memorial is just one way of ensuring we never forget the selfless service and sacrifice those people made. We also wanted to give the community a space to remember and pay tribute to those who unfortunately lost their lives during this time.”
Rob Lees, operations manager at Mountsorrel Quarry, said: “We are honoured to be able to support Sutton Bonington Parish Council with this project and pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the pandemic.
“We are also truly grateful to all the key workers and to those who worked tirelessly during this time to keep the country going. This is just a small way that we can show our appreciation.”