Stories

Below is an ever growing collection of stories that people have shared about the person whose name they submitted. If you'd like to share a story, which might range from the personal to the political, simply add it when you submit your chosen name.

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Ahed Tamimi

Ahed Tamimi is a Palestinian activist from the village of Nabi Salih in the occupied West Bank in the Palestinian territories. She has been imprisoned and is an amazing inspiration.
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Natasha Bailey

Aunties Mary and Lucy both worked as nurses in London in the 60's and 70"s helped raise me the first of the British born family.
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Marion Turner

Great Christian lady, a great friend to many. Selfless. Miss her terribly.
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Violet Beddoe

For my mother Vi who turns 90 in the coming months. An inspirational woman who always forged her own path. Worked her way up, backpacked the world when most others were happy in their back garden. An enquiring mind and an open heart. Our plans to be together this year scuppered by a virus.
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George Kenneth Hird

Yorkshire born and bred. A man of Yorkshire who served his community in so many ways and, as a result, was a model and an inspiration to others to do the same. One of millions who put others before self and supported the the institutions which brought us all together such as the NHS.
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Peter Wilhelmson

My name, most important arrival for me. Grew up in Kragom, was educated in Gothenburg, and settled in London. Now aiming for Scotland after a pandemic break in stockholm.
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Nick Martin

Happy Birthday!!
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Elizabeth Grace James

Elizabeth, known as Elsie, made a pretty rapid appearance the day before her brother’s 2nd birthday in the depth of lockdown- a day of joy in an otherwise joyless time. A quick delivery was a bit of a surprise since she weighed in at 11lb 1oz! She is my first granddaughter and I love that she has family names, Grace after her aunt and my aunt and Elsie after another of my aunts.
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Christina Alisa Campbell

Born in rural Scotland, adventurous spirit moved to London, married in Israel, died in Germany. Much loved Mum.
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Matilde F B Bauschinger

Matilde was born in a heatwave, in a NHS hospital that was weathering a different type of storm. For nine months and two days we had awaited her arrival, through winter when she was hidden behind woollen jumpers, to spring where we were required to isolate from friends and family by ‘staying at home’. Her first days were spent by a sun drenched window facing Westminster, the streets starkly empty, the politicians gone. Then all at once the bridge was filled with BLM protesters, a sudden sign of hope for the world in to which she had come. Joanna Brinton (Mother)
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Afton Rose Barnwell

We are good friends with Yara. Our friends' baby was born last month.
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John Henry Campbell

John was a honest man helpful to strangers. In the Second World War where he was in France Holland and Germany. After the war he met and married Florence where he had 4 children 3 girls and a boy. Sadly the son died David as a baby. This year on his birthday One of his 3 grand grandchildren Grace is marrying Chris on Sat 19 September 2020 John’s birthday.
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Florence Campbell

Florence Campbell was a twin sadly her brother died a few days after. Florence went onto live in Newcastle upon Tyne marrying and had 3 daughters and a son who died as a baby. A lovely’s gentle lady.
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William Samual Brown

Our lockdown baby
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Rosie Kent

A new little addition to our extended family born yesterday to my husband's cousin.
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Autumn Rosie May

My little muggle arrived unexpectedly in emergency situation. She is everything I didn't know I was missing. She has made me a better person and I know my experience with her will make me a better midwife. 
They say when one life enters the world another is taken. With Autumns arrival, I lost my Grandpa the next day. My heart felt so full and then broke. Autumn was the light that kept me together. She may never meet him but she will know of his love and kindness.
 She has entered a world that seems so full of hate. I hope she may bring some light to those around her. Love is love. Hayley Elizabeth
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Penny Cleo Howard

Penelope known as “Penny” is our first baby born during the COVID-19 pandemic. Known as a “lockdown baby”, she made her dramatic entrance to the world after a speedy labour. Everyone would say, “ but mummy you did all the hard work, you should name the baby” but I decided that Penny should be named by her dad and felt this added to their already strong bond with each other. Lizzy Howard, midwife
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James Wilfred Wynn

My son born during lockdown. He is the best thing that ever happened to me
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Alfie Sparkles

A wonderful new family addition
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My star daughter Bibi

My best friend Jeni’s little and much wanted daughter - my god (star) daughter and star sister to my daughters.
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Freddie Streetly

Freddie is the son of a good friend and valued colleague. Welcome to the world Freddie!
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NORA E DELGADO GOMEZ

Te amo madre
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Danna Cecilia Nava Lara

Casi es su cumpleaños #11
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David R J Brown

Our Dad as we want to celebrate his life.
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Sybil JEAN Maxwell

My wonderful Mum. I wanted to record the day she arrived, rather than the day she departed, as death should not be the defining date of a life, especially hers.
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Frank Merrett

Frank is my eldest son, I chose to have his name on the board as this week my baby will become a teenager.
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Jojo

A very special little girl
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Boswell Brown

My wife
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Kirthika U

Free Tamil Eelam
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Paula Brennan

An amazing woman, the rainbow
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Sophie Allies-Curtis

Sophie came into my life at the beginning of October 2003. She changed the trajectory of my life for ever.
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Annie Marsh

Best mum ever was born
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HUI CHEN

Don’t want to come out for 10 hours.
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Iseult O Gorman Goan

Wizzo the Wizard arrived on the first of July, like a warm summer breeze bringing great joy into the lives of all her family. We love you Iseult!
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Marmalade Somerset

Our new beginning, our fresh start. Marmalade, you’re our first! Courtney & Georgina
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Patty And Ralph

Our wedding anniversary (today)
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JOY

Never felt so full.
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Winnie Ankerstjerne

My dear wife
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James Jenne-Cons

James has lived in London since 2016. He thinks he will depart when he’s 67 in 2078. But we won’t add that to departures!
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Declan Jenne-Cons

Declan moved to London in 2016. Somerset House is a walk away from his home and he loves visiting the fountains!
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Julian Coppen-Gardner

My little brothers birth is one I will always remember. I was woken up by a family friend who told me I had a little brother on the way. He’s now 15 and well into his grumpy teenage years but he will always be my baby bro (no matter how much he hates being called it.)
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Mimi

Meow!
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Sidney Edward Watson

Born to a London (clerckenwell) clock maker, Accident caused Brocken neck at age 34/36 he lived with paraplegia of The left side for the rest of his life until 1987 he had 2 children before the accident and 2 after. He was amazing .
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Bibi Seren James

Our IVF joy
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Nuno Santana

He’s my husband. I met him on Tinder after years of silly dating and having lost the faith that someone good and normal existed. Love seems a dream when you keep just finding games, short passions, theatrical drama, too much fiction and too little reality. He came in my life as if he had always been there. He filled my corners, seamlessly and endlessly. He is not perfect, but he is the most real element of my life, the reason why the world has stop spinning with no rationale and has started to slowly turn with me. He is my love, and I am so thankful he arrived.
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Yonca Keremoglu

It's my name. Recently, I'm learning to appreciate life in a different perspective, it feels like a rebirth - to be able to appreciate each day, the bad and the good.
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James Thomas

Celebrating my dad’s birth after losing him on August 28, 2020. I love you dad. I will miss you every day. -Jamesia Thomas
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Eli Holewell

My awesome nephew. Such a clever dude x
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Knox Maverick MacQueen

Thank you for choosing me as your grandmother, you’ve brought light and joy to the darkness x
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Pippa Blackburn

A very beloved arrival in our family - a small fix coloured cockatoo puppy- centre of our family !!!
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Oliver Covell

My nephew is the absolute best. Caused lots of concern during my sister's pregnancy, but since arrival has brought so much joy and laughter to their lives. Such an awesome care free personality xx
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Oscar Thomas

Oscar Thomas is my new nephew. Or as my family call him, ‘Lock down Oscar’ ❤️
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Luka Belgrave

After a traumatic miscarriage, I got pregnant with Luka. The pregnancy was unpredictable And then he arrived. His name means “harbour”. He has a heart the size of Universe
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Kieran Kavanagh

My loving boyfriend. The one thing that fell into place this year, on your 30th I celebrate you.
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Iza Purins

To celebrate the birth of my second daughter.
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Maija Purins

To celebrate the birth of my first daughter.
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Celso Paz Carballeira

My daddy was born on this day. Te estopo is what he used to say when I was a little girl.
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Olivia Mary Seddon

I picked Olivia's middle name 'Mary' after my unique and larger than life Nana. If Olivia has even a little amount of my Nana's sense of humour then she will be a lucky girl.
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Emilio Andres Roderos

Named after two Filipino heroes, Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio
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Anna J Chappell

My best pal
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Jackson Mercer

Our beautiful daughter Jacks was born at 16:56 on Thursday 20th August 2020. She is such a joy to behold and is much loved by all. We love you, baby.
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Gaynor Cooper

My sister born on this day, 70 years ago, also celebrating the 20th birthday month of her kidney transplant. She is currently recovering from a broken hip caused by osteoporosis from long term use of steroids related to the transplant
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Jessie Shiach Burns

Tomorrow would be my mother’s 109th birthday.
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Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi is a beacon of light - a radical Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. Inspiring through and through she has been imprisoned for her writings and yet she continues.
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Steve Addison

My nephew is the most loving, modest and kind man. He and his wife longed for a child. They do not know but I asked for help from a monk in a monastery in Leh Ladakh. Eventually they had a girl who is now 7. He is a fantastic father and i would like to celebrate how he has made his way to this point.
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Coco Luna Iris Fischer

Coco is our Rainbow baby born after the loss of our first daughter Isla-Rose. She’s one charismatic, smiley, fun giver!! She loves everyone that she meets and waves at strangers. Michelle and Ali Fischer
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Sam Gilburd

Not a birth, but the arrival of a brilliant new colleague who has made a huge difference during a challenging time. I can't imagine getting through the last six month without her!
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Gideon Blake Whittaker

Our beautiful son, who arrived just before lockdown into a strange world.
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Herbert douglas ling

Love of my life
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David NormanHunter Greig

This is the man who’s influenced me more than any other, and who has been there right from my very beginning. Thomas
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Emilia Grace Gabriele

Little Emilia finally, reluctantly, hatched into the bizzarre pandemic world...
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Olivia M C Frith-Salem

I was 6 when my sister was born. I could never have predicted how much of an influence she was going to have on me (and I guess me on her too)! We have such a strong bond and I can't wait to see her flourish. - Rosanna
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Cassius Motteram-Short

Welcome little Cassius one of many Lockdown babies! I can’t wait to be able to cuddle you Aunty Aggie xxx
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Seth Turakhia Pering

Seth is our first baby born to an Indian Mama and English Dada. His first name has many connections to India and England. One being that Vikram Seth is his’s Mama’s favourite author and A Suitable Boy her favourite book. The other is that it is connected to his Dada’s Devonshire heritage. His middle name is Turakhia, his Mama’s maiden name, which all three of us have as a middle name. His arrival was two weeks late which was most certainly not suitable, but then Seth is far from being just suitable! Dhikshana Turakhia Pering and Richard James Turakhia Pering
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Lucian Longshaw

My son Lucian was born in the USA this year. My wife and I are from the UK, but are both professors (& designers) at a University in the US.
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Jake Kweku DenningMensah

Kweku is a Ghanaian Akan name meaning born on Wednesday. We just liked Jake. We wanted him to have an English and Ghanaian name to reflect his parent's roots.
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Emile Broscoe Abernethy

He is our son and we love him so much
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Nicola Jones

A very special day when one of the world’s best humans was born to Toni and Allan Jones. For 47 years Nicky shone so brightly and all her family and friends felt very lucky to have her in their world. She is loved and missed every single day. Love from her little sister, Laura x
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Malakai S Antwi-Moore

Malakai came into my life on the same day that my younger sister came into my life, fifteen years apart. They have both given me nothing but sunshine ever since. I love you Malakai. You are a real joy even at fourteen. 2006; how time flies.
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Nathaniel Carter

Our first born son ❤️
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Effie Finlay

My dad is a “coronation baby”, born in the UK at a time of celebration, hope and post-war joy. People gathered for street parties, eating and drinking and dancing together. He was passed around neighbours, who laughed at his chubby cheeks and shock of dark hair. My daughter is a “lockdown baby”, born in the UK at a time of chaos, illness and social separation. She was passed to midwives wearing latex gloves and plastic aprons, smiling at her from behind disposable masks.
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Freja Ash

Freja started to show signs of arriving on a still bright January morning, heralded by a gush of water and observed by concerned Sunday cyclists. We hurried the older children home, filled the pool, calling for support, eager to meet her. As the first full moon of the year slowly climbed into the darkening sky, Freya arrived swiftly surrounded by water, a calm lotus birth. She has been in our family circle for almost a year; she is a joyful tiny being, with milky pale skin, a huge smile and a recent climber - full of a life to come. Sophie Allies-Curtis, Somerset
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Jude

Jude is is my nephew and has special needs. He has made me think about my role to serve others with an open heart and not expect anything in return and it has literally proved to me that it takes a village to raise a child and ever more so when a child has special needs. Jelena Belgrave - Potter and food fermentation enthusiast and educator
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Greta Thunberg

“I want to celebrate Greta Thunberg’s birth because I LOVE her and in the future I think she will save the world! Without her being born the future World might not exist. Elfie Marsh, 9 years old
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Nik Devlin

Nik was the 251st person to die of COVID-19 in the UK
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PIERRE-A-BERNHEIM

You are always in our hearts and greatly missed. The world is not the same without you in it. Are unit of three can never be broken.
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Kenneth Jackson

My idol and role model faded away last Sunday. He was a genius, a comic and a teacher. Even at 92, he was afraid of death. I hope he came to welcome and accept it in his last breaths. I hope we all do.
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Molly Elizabeth Brown

She was my beautiful mother, my compass, my best friend. She had a gift for teaching and writing and was a kind and loyal friend. She loved to dance and laugh. She strayed far from her native Yorkshire moors. For 30 years she lived in Monaco, on the water's edge, from where she could keep an eye on Libya, whose desert she had loved to wander. I am lost without her.
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Toussaint Louverture

Louverture is now known as the "Father of Haiti", and was a Haitian general and the most prominent leader of the Haitian Revolution. As a leader of the growing resistance, his military and political acumen saved the gains of the first black insurrection in November 1791, helping to transform the slave insurgency into a revolutionary movement. By 1800 Saint-Domingue, the most prosperous French slave colony of the time, had become the first free colonial society to have explicitly rejected race as the basis of social ranking.
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Rachel Corrie

Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American activist and diarist. She was a member of a pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement. She was killed by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in a combat zone in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, under contested circumstances during the height of the second Palestinian intifada.
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Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba symbolised the standing against oppression and fighting for the underdog, which has shaped my way of viewing the world. He was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo from June until September 1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. A socialist inspiration.
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Val Lewis

BELOVED.
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Audrey Watson

My wonderful grandma
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Mark Turner

He was a wonderful Dad and an excellent human being.
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Dennis Henley

I love him lots and he is still with me.
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Mitchell Sams

Catwalk photographer - West Ham fan - Great friend - Gardener - Morrissey/Bowie fan - Hairdresser - Chess player - Amateur artist - Funny guy
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PAMELA DIDYMUS

My Nan would have loved this.
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Mary Philomena Kelly

My mother was a midwife, a mother-baby nurse, a lactation consultant, and childbirth educator. She was radically kind. I miss her every day.
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Sylvia Moyse Menzies

Sylvia was my cousin a SRN nurse and Midwife, married to Stuart a GP they were happy married for many years. They had 3 children and grandchildren. To the memory of Syliva who was a kind lady and to the family.
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John E B Newman MBE

My father John worked as Head of the World Service Japanese Section opposite Somerset House for many years. This historic building and surrounding area holds many memories for our family and so the installation is perfectly fitting for his departure to be remembered all these years later. He would think it was brilliant!
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Claire Fox

Sudden Adult Death at 22. Dearly missed.
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Ravza Makhmutova

This is my lovey grandmother
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Philomena Canning

Philomena was an  independent midwife and tireless activist with an indomitable spirit. She dared to dream of setting up an independent birth centre. In 2014 the Irish health authority brought a case against her. She was forced to stop  her practice. Four separate reports  found her practice to be impeccable. Her name was cleared. It was a long battle, more than  4 years,  during this time she developed and later died of ovarian cancer. Martina Hynan
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Mary Cronk

Mary worked for the NHS where she facilitated more than 1600 births, mainly as home births. In 1991 she opened her own practise and started working as an independent midwife. She wrote many articles such as delivery of breech babies, and these have been published in Midwifery Matters and AIMS Journal, as well as quoted in various books. While retired Cronk hosted study days alongside fellow independent midwife Jane Evans. Anna Nakamura, Midwife
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Dora Okopu MBE

Dora was a midwife and educationist, born in Ghana in 1948 who played a significant role in the development of  midwifery education in London. Dora was also passionate about ensuring that women got the care they needed, however complex their needs. Dr Jenny Hall @hallmum5
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Jennifer Louise Worth

Jennifer wrote a best-selling trilogy about her work as a nurse and  midwife  practicing in the poverty-stricken  East End of London in the 1950s:  Call the Midwife,  Shadows of the Workhouse  and  Farewell to The East End. The television series,  Call the Midwife, based on her books, began broadcasting on  BBC One  in 2012. Cathy Williams @chilledmamacath
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Margaret Charles Smith

A famous "granny midwife" (as lay African-American midwives like Smith were informally called) were crucial to the lives of Southern black women because most hospitals would not admit them as patients. During her 35-year career, Smith delivered over 3000 babies, she lost almost none of the babies and none of the mothers in childbirth.
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Sally Stockley

Sally was a passionate campaigner for women's rights in maternity care. She practised as an independent midwife in order to fulfil her commitment to provide continuous, holistic care to women, and became an active member of the Independent Midwives Association. @hallmum5, midwife
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Noor

An amazing midwife from the village of Chattroh, in Kashmir. She was the village midwife assisting births for generations, providing the ultimate continuity of carer. @BenashNaz, Midwife
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Stanislawa Leszczynska

Stanislawa was sent to Auschwitz for helping Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. She delivered 3,000 babies - 2,500 were drowned straight after birth, a few hundred others with blue eyes were sent away to be Germanized. Only about 30 infants survived in the care of their mothers. Stanisława remained the camp's midwife until it was liberated on January 26, 1945. @godfrey_isaacs
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Mary Carson Breckinridge

Mary was an American  nurse midwife  and the founder of the  Frontier Nursing Service  (FNS), which provided comprehensive family medical care to the mountain people of rural Kentucky. FNS dramatically reduced infant and maternal mortality in  Appalachia, at a comparatively low cost, her model of nurse-midwifery never took root in the United States. Professor @maryrenfrew
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Margaret Catchpole

Margaret was born illegitimate and uneducated - she stole a horse, escaped from prison, was shipped to Australia, and became a midwife. She never married or had children and ended up managing a large farm on her own as a ‘settler’ in Australia. She was pardoned on 31 January 1814 but did not return to England. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs @godfrey_isaacs
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Elizabeth Nihell

Elizabeth was a famous midwife from London. In 1760, she published her first book called a Treatise on the Art of Midwifery,  which was a criticism of ‘male midwives’ and spoke about how instruments brought into the birthing room were usually unnecessary and caused harm to the baby. Milli Hill – Positive Birth Movement
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Catharina Schrader

A Midwife from the Dutch province of Friesland known for her detailed notebooks and memoirs relating the numerous births based on her experience of some 4000 confinements, including 64 twins and three triplets. Franka Cadee, @FrankaCadee, Director of the International Confederation of Midwives @world_midwives
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Jane Sharp

Jane was an English  midwife. Her work The Midwives Book: or the Whole Art of Midwifery Discovered, published in 1671, was the first on the subject to be produced by an Englishwoman. chosen by KCL Professor @LauraGowing
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Safaa Alam

An inspirational and much-loved Midwife at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Safaa started her professional career as a nurse, before training as a midwife at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, where she became a valued member of the team.
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Margaret Njenga

Margaret was a wonderful midwife who worked at King’s College Hospital. She was a charismatic, warm and compassionate person. This was evident in both her personal and working relationships, and with everyone she met.
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Lynsay Coventry

Lynsay from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow was the first midwife to die of Corona Virus in the UK. She is remembered for her professionalism and commitment to the women she supported.
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Michael Collom

Died of cancer but he was funny, relaxed and above all an amazing husband, dad and grandad! He had an amazing life cooking for restaurants and catering. Everyone misses him but he’s got an amazing view of the sea xxx
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Jamshid Sazegar

My father died suddenly and unexpectedly almost 3 years ago. I was his only daughter.
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Sylvia Plath

I've been know to do a 'Sylvia Plath' - waking up to work from 4.30am-6.630am so her husband Ted Hughes could write all day, while she looked after the children. And yet she pushed and advanced confessional poetry and became a seminal figure and women, in her "spare" time.
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David Charles Taylor

My husband and best friend who had a heart attack and died on our living room floor. Always used to say “I’ll be fine” but with a history of heart disease in the family he should have gone to the doctor sooner..
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Walter Smith Scott

In celebration of my dear Uncle Walter - a belated goodbye
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Sylvia Ohashi

I wasn’t able to say goodbye to my Mum in the “traditional” way as she passed away on the first day of lockdown in the UK and travel to Canada would have been difficult and risky. This will help me say goodbye.
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Fermin Gomez

An amazing dad he Always take care of me, instead we live diferent Cities Like to teach chemestry and mato and help students with the report. Love you Dad
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Grant Futcher

My nephew was a fun loving person who lived life to the full taken from us suddenly at the age of 26. He is always in our thoughts and heart. #Flatout x
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Brenda Blyth

My wonderful mum who passed away this spring in her nursing home
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Risaan Udayakumar

He was someone who wanted to live but due to his very own culture that he was just starting to learn, that life was taken away when it was just about to begin its journey in adulthood. When will it be okay for an Asian girl to be in a relationship and not be shamed? When will there be an end to the difference in treatment towards girls and boys in Tamil culture? When will people stop thinking about what others think? When will young children stop picking up knives in the UK?
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Allen R A Campbell

Much loved and missed, taken from us too early at 26 years of age in a car crash. My world fell apart the day I heard. Miss him every day. All the fun and laughter we could have had. The shock of it still makes me cry now. Changed my life forever.
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Andrew Colbeck

We were with our uncle when he died in hospital - after 3 days of slowly losing consciousness at the end of a long night just as dawn appeared we opened the windows and he suddenly raised his arms , opened his eyes and died.
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Sharon Smith

Friend, grandmother, wife, counsellor, volunteer, occupational therapist. Always kind, always smiling, now always missed.
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Vicky Cooper

Loved Bowie and Queen, the colour pink, cats, tattoos, her family, her friends, Brighton, Christmas shopping.
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Helen Evans

Salsa dancer, Spanish teacher, Francophile. Daughter, sister, aunt, wife, cousin, friend. She died too young. She is so very missed.
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Ibrahim Abu Thuraya

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, who lost both legs in an Israeli air strike, was a Disabled Palestinian activist who was killed by Israeli troops, when he was protesting against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital. Unarmed and wheelchair bound.
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Carl Rogers

I have chosen to commemorate Carl Rogers as I feel his contribution to the humanistic approach of counselling and therapeutic work , offers a very different outlook . His theory that in order for someone to look at their conditions of worth on a deep and helpful level they need to be provided with the core conditions, of unconditional positive regard , empathy , congruence and a nonjudgmental attitude. When the therapist is able to create a safe space with these features, a person can begin to reflect and look at issues in a more healthy way . Being alongside the client and allowing them to lead is incredibly empowering and in my role within mental health I see it as symbolising the idea that we are all doing the best we can in the circumstances that we are in with the skills we have . If we are able to have person centred therapy and this type of environment we can begin to self actual
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GUORONG CHEN

After 3 years of suffering from a rare gland cancer he departed with loads of regrets and reluctance.
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Anne Moore

kindest grandmother, giver of skills, softest touch.
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Sylvia Anderson

Sylvia was my grandmother, sadly I never met her, but I am often told that I am just like her in many ways - which makes me very proud.
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Hannah Nydahl

Buddhist lamini. Karma Kagyu Lineage
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Lucy Sandford-James

Lucy was a twin, daughter, best friend and enchanting spirit. Her name defines as light, which left her body on a dark night in October 2018 during a car accident. Her light entered those who she had let her spirit touch and their lives, although more painful, are illuminated further. To see a light go out makes things darker but also makes you more aware of what life can let you see.
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H Amin Ibrahim

Last summer my grandpa left very suddenly, after shopping at his favourite shop, he passed away in the car. I still have not visited his grave as I am in London. The last thing he gave me before i left indonesia last summer was his jacket that I am wearing right now.
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Annabel Parsons

My sister died aged 40 after a short illness from an agressive malignant brain cancer, leaving her 13 year old daughter and all of us who loved her to face the world without her. She was the bravest, most determined person I have ever met, and would have excelled in providing support and equanimity in this current time of gross political and social instability and mistrust. Life is short, and often deeply unfair.
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Helen Bridget Dowling

My mum died on 31st December 2019, 3 weeks before her 81st birthday. Mum had many names, she was officially Helen, Eileen to family and close friends and also Sister Stephanie during her time as part of a catholic teaching order of nuns in Lisburn (Northern Ireland), then mummy, mum and finally nanny Eileen. My head is crowded with complicated memories, recent memories of sitting with her, watching her slowly, peacefully fade during her last hours. Memories of pain, loss, grief, anxiety and extreme stress and heartbreak as the Alzheimer’s slowly marched forward, taking most of her with it over 15 long years. Then much earlier memories back to my childhood or being with her every moment, always just the two of us, from the start. She was a primary school teacher who was thoroughly committed to children’s education and happiness. Her connection with children was so strong.
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John Hewitt

John went out in a blink of the eye. Opening the curtains as his coffee machine warmed up, he dropped to the floor with a massive cardiac arrest. His wife was there, but she was unable to save him. His life was all about music, though he didn’t really understand art. Being on this work, would have tickled him though. *************** Love you dad. Robert
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Margaret Cumbor

My mummy taken to young. Who didn’t get to see her grandchildren. Who didn’t get to see me get married. I miss sharing everything with you everyday Emma
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Derek Thomas Makins

To my wonderful father who was always there for us. He was such a kind, caring and gentle man who saw the best in everyone. Family meant everything to him. We all miss him with all our hearts.
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Cathleen Valery Cons

Valery passed away one week before her 94th Birthday. She loved writing poetry and was an avid reader until her last days! We love you!
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Phyllis White

Goodbye gran loved you to the moon and back a million times xx
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Pete Andrew Dearden

A loving dad, husband, grandad missed and loved by so many ❤
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Delia Hall

A very special Irish lady, a loving mum, nan and great nan. Always in our thoughts❤
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Greg Gale

Greg lived and loved life, and wanted justice, equality and respect for all. This is not a dress rehearsal guys. We’ll miss you Greg. Salxx
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Rick McKay

Writer, director, producer of Broadway: The Golden Age and Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age. Brilliance and unlimited generosity as a brother, friend and son without hesitation or need for anything in return. A light went out in NYC when Rick left us all. The torch he carried for the arts cannot be extinguished. Sandy McKay
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Makiko Narumi

Makiko was a mezzo contralto opera singer. She had the most unusual and beautiful voice and it was such a shock to lose her so young, in her early 30s. She is remembered with great warmth.
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Yunus Aran

I chose my beloved cousin's name who died at a car accident in the morning of September, 16 2000. It was 20 years ago when we heard the bad news the week we moved to Istanbul from Ankara as a family. He was an architect. I don't remember him much but I remember him being a good soul who departed early. It was the worst Sunday that I remember so far. I remember not liking the city for that reason. I'm sure he's arrived somewhere good or maybe on an eternal journey. be the light you are. I love you.
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Irene Lilian White

All she wanted was to go home.
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Priscilla Whittington

Priscilla fought a courageous battle against cancer. She had many struggles in her life which she overcame with dignity but was often suppressed. So, as she neared the end of her life, I felt privileged to witness the strength of her spirit - illuminated when faced with the end, she was a true warrior and I am proud to say that she was my mother and she taught me not to be afraid of death.
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Claire Marie Green

Claire died at the very young age of 20 years to brain cancer, and boy did she put up a fight. We all miss her each and every day...
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Daddy

He was the 1st man I fell in Love with. He made me who I am. I owe everything to him and I miss him every second of every day.
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Jonathan Raimes

my husband and father of our 2 kids died of a catastrophic aortic dissection 12 years ago now. We were partners for many years. He was found dead on the floor of his office. I am comforted by his shattered watch face which indicates that he died instantaneously , without suffering. He was 55 years old when he died. A really good man and a talented graphic designer. Dearly Departed and still very missed by the kids and I.
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Richard Catterick

Richard, my son, suffered from schizophrenia and was found dead alone in a room in Croydon aged 40. He left a partner and a son who is now 5. He was a sensitive soul and found this world very difficult. However he had a lot of adventures and I plan to write a book in memory of him, so his son will get to know him.
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Jacobs Jonker

My father born in 1923 in South Africa
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Sophia Jonker

Sophia is my mother, she was born in Hertbertsdale in 1929.
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Robert Harley

My beloved brother
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Isabelle White

My beloved sister
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Sheila Prendergast

Wild, Untamed, Irish Woman Mam departed aged 80 Here is her own poem that she wrote when she was only a teenager: Come walk with me the moorland and I’ll tell to you my tale. There is gaiety and laughter in it and a love that will never fail. My heart it aches for the Lapland lakes and the silver spray on the shore - but oh I must go on and on, I am a child no more. Though child I was, still yet I knew, that life was all for me. That God had given just to me, the birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees. But some walked by and never saw this beauty, or this fame. But yet, to me, this God, He came. Love you always Mam xxx
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Celso Paz Carballeira

Today my daddy died. I love you Tati xx
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Lillian Jean

Our beautiful mother died
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Hermes Morelli

Dad
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Walter William Montecchi

No words can express how important you have been to me. Jumbo
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John Warwick

Taken too soon at only 59. I miss you every day.
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Dr Juliusz Kessling

Juliusz was born in Warsaw, where his first memories were of Nazi tanks. Survivor of a Warsaw Uprising explosion that killed a cousin and his grandmother, he was smuggled across immediate post-war frontiers by the Resistance, with his Dentist mother and reunited with his Gulag-survivor father, a Polish Army doctor. Juliusz arrived in England, aged 7, a refugee. He graduated M.B., Ch.B. from St Andrews, worked in Kidderminster, Dover and Canterbury hospitals before spending most of his professional life in General Practice, (with an enduring interest in Psychiatry) in Rochford, Essex and, for over 20 years, in Clapham, South London. His life-long passion for Art found expression in prolific, abstract painting. He was sustained by Art, books, music and love. He died peacefully, after a long illness, in his turn, loved and mourned by many. He leaves two sons, six grandchildren and two gre
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Jocelyn Gupta Kingsley

Jocelyn Gupta Kingsley (nee Jacoby) would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. An eccentric wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher, artist, friend and neighbour. We will never know for sure whether she could truly speak to cats.
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Danny Saunders

I feel very lucky to have been with my dad when he died but luckier that I got to spend 38 years alive with him. I miss him.
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Patricia Cox

My Mother...a Beautiful Sprightly spirit whom suffered from an abusive husband, Multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, gracefully...she was sweet, strong and ethereal with an abundance of magnetic wisdom in a gentle, non- judgemental way. She was mischievous and incredibly open...one time one of my father's mistresses arrived at her door telling her she was pregnant...though she was not, my mother sent her flowers...My mother's legacy to me was the birth of my beautiful daughter who no doubt has all her incredible qualities! Thank you mummy! X
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Liesje Pees

My lovely mother who passed away too early. Being departed from Eduard Thie they are briefly reconnected on here in cyberspace after such a long time.
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Eduard Thie

Friend and father. Through my good friends we still remember the wonderful times we have had with him and often quote his kind, humane and philosophical thoughts and remarks.
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Zaha Hadid

I was lucky enough to meet Zaha Hadid at an Eid event; this incredible Iraqi woman, who achieved so much in the era that she did, literally changing how we see the world. As an architect she changed skylines all over the world, inspiring Arab women to break the glass ceiling, and then re-design it.
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Florence Campbell

My mother Florence Campbell who came to London in 1997 after my Dad passed and adapted very well. A wonderful person in every way to her memory
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Justin Burtenshaw

Today is World Suicide Prevention Today. I am remembering my cousin Justin (aka Dusty).
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Mark Anthony Cook

Today is Suicide Prevention Day: I am remembering my brother Mark (aka Tigger) who was 21 when he left us.
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Granny Helga

Love is a Terry’s orange Every year my granny gave me a Terry’s Orange and now still I can’t see one without thinking of her. Davina
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John Tooley

General Director of the Royal Opera House and many other at roles. Missed by many.
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Ronald Bell

Founder of Kool and the Gang
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Isla-Rose Fischer

Isla-Rose was our first born, she was born sleeping and is now big sister to Coco Luna. We miss and love her so much and think of her everyday. It’s because of Isla-Rose that we have our big black fluffy bonkers golden-doodle Lexi Long legs.
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Franca Cossidente

In memory of my mum that suddenly left us due to cancer. Miss ya x
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Anthony Andrew Lyons

My father Tony died from cancer in my first week of secondary school. I think he stayed alive to see me through those first few days on the next stage of my life journey. Still loved and missed.
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Gibran Khalil

I would like to commemorate the loss of one of the greatest philosophers, poets and artists in our history- certainly my native Lebanon’s greatest export! We used his words in the section On Marriage, from his sensational book The Prophet, in the exchange of our wedding vows. Having had a civil ceremony, we were not allowed to reference any religious scripture so the title of the book The Prophet flagged up issues! Gibran Khalil Gibran hated the term ‘philosopher’ to describe himself but, to our advantage, that’s what he is officially classified as, a veritable loophole which allowed us to make our day truly special.
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Gerd Rechten

My father.
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Rev Brian A F Wroe

My fabulous Dad departed in September 2003. We remember him every day and love him to bits.
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Ruth Allsworth

Ruth was a resident in a Norwich care home and had gone there after a life of caring for others. She was a social and amusing individual who has got her wish to join the angels and to be with her saviour. Her faith sustained her through many difficulties.
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Sarah Letts

Sarah was a jeweller, an artist and gardener. As one of the founders of Studio Fusion Gallery, in the Oxo building across the river Thames, she brought her elegance, humour and a beautiful aesthetic drawn from nature. Inspired by her garden, the land and seascapes of north Scotland, her colours and forms embodied memories - 'a moment of light suspended in time' . Although jewellery was her main focus she continued to draw and paint throughout her life. We all loved her and miss her, but she lives on in our memory. Kate
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Robbie Brown

Robbie i love you x Fb
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Hilary Mary Frith

'She left us 90 years a month and a day after her birth. A long and remarkable (grumpy and gossipy) life!' - Edmund Frith (Son) Below is a poem for Hilary (Granny) - written for her birthday, knowing she was about to pass - (speaking about the wonderful landscape of Salcombe, where she had a second home for us to spend our summers) - Rosanna Frith-Salem (Granddaughter) The view That keeps on giving A view Like Unconditional love Giving and giving A constant. A view so ingrained I've gained more than I realise A view that will remain long after living The view that keeps on giving // A tight rope stretches from green to green As she is poised and ready about breathe in breathe out Chest puffed Into the blissful serene
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Fazal Noor

In Kashmir, a midwife in a small isolated village. My “dadi” (grandma, father mother) was like her name, Noor (Light) for many birthing people and mothers. She cared for them in labour, ensured the doctor attended to administer pain relief when needed, but gave the full body massage and support through labour mor many a pregnant person. She gave postnatal care, support and massages to help in postnatal recovery too. These were skills passed on from women, to help women in their birth. The ultimate continuity of care is when you help different generations of the same family birth, like my “Dadi” Fazal Noor did prior to retiring
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Lavinia Harris

My mother's story is probably best told by parts of my daughter's Eulogy for her: "When asking my cousins to share memories of Nana, every single person used the word ‘supportive’. She was one of the most loving and supportive women we’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and even more importantly able call Nana......... She had some incredible quirks, from always making sure we would ‘spend a penny’ before leaving the house. To her most recent and most genius one, of managing to get a wine prescription. I’m convinced that’s her secret to reaching 93, and will definitely be following her advice. "
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Sally-Ann Bromely

A beautiful lady who brought sunshine and magic to everyone she met. A bright star in the sky.
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Lauren Valencia

Lauren was an angel already when she lived among us, she was taken far too soon. She was very kind, intelligent and giving, a dedicated and hard-working person, one of those people who always talked about her family and friends with so much love. I miss her so much and think of her every day
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Charles J R Clarke

Charles James Richmond Clarke died of cancer aged 57 less than 8 weeks after diagnosis. He loved to walk but hated new fangled hiking equipment: as a result he looked like something out of a Victorian hiking guide when he strode across rainy landscapes. He loved his two daughters, Eleanor and Laura, and his wife Anne and was very much loved in return - not only by his family but also by those he worked with, from whom letters poured in when he died. He loved to take and to look at photographs. He assumed a comical half swat position when he took a group shot. He left behind a moldy box of negatives and slides in the garage that he had never shown to us during his lifetime and which narrowly escaped being thrown away. I have since shown these as part of my work, in a piece called 'Some Places I Have Never Been to.'
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Nicky Kirby

My brilliant sister Nicky died in April ‘18 and she is missed every single day by so many people who loved and love her. Forever her little sister, Laura
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Lesley McIntosh

I was thinking of my mum this week on what would have been her 73rd birthday.
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Sue Duncan

6 weeks from cancer diagnosis to death. An absolute tornado that ripped through us all. I’m not sure if those weeks even gave me the time to process it.
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John Henry Hanks

My dad was born during the great smog of 1952. The smog along the Thames was so dense his father recalled having to feel his way along the buildings when returning home from the maternity hospital to meet his new son. Dad’s final departure 63 years later was also by the Thames at St Thomas’ Hospital. So I feel really close to my Dad by the river.
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Gerald Michaels

We were born two generations apart, but were two peas in a pod. An incredible man, a true gentleman, with old fashioned values, yet with one toe dipped curiously in the modern world, which both fascinated and repelled him. Although I carry forward many of our shared pastimes, the world is a much less interesting place without him.
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Ruth Smith

My mother died in a Care home during lockdown. Cheated of a Proper funeral I wish her name to live on through this installation
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Patrice Lumumba

I have selected Patrice Lumumba because for me he symbolised the standing against oppression and fighting for the underdog, which has shaped my way of viewing the world. Esmat El-Sherbini, Psychiatrist and author.
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Margaret Catchpole

The reason I have chosen Margaret Catchpole is because she resonates on several levels - she’s from Suffolk, where I have the only family connections to my English Heritage (all others being Jewish and Eastern European/Spanish), she was the most famous, first midwife in Australia and her name, Margaret, is the same as Saint Margaret, the Patron Saint of Women in Childbirth, and because she was a kick-ass woman with a brilliant life-story. She was born illegitimate, uneducated, but still managed to have an amazing life - she stole a horse, escaped from prison, was shipped to Australia, became a midwife, never married or had children and ended up managing a large farm on her own as a ‘settler’ in Australia. Laura Godfrey Issacs, Midwife, Birth Activist and Artist.
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Jon Underwood

I met Jon Underwood in October of 2016. Jon founded Death Cafe together with his Mum Sue Barsky-Reid in late 2011 and it has become a world movement inviting people to meet for tea, cake and the opportunity to talk about death. At the time I met Jon I had already been to several Death Cafe’s and had been involved in facilitating a couple. I was surprised, not only by his height (as a six foot woman I rarely have to crane my neck to talk to someone in a small corridor as I did that evening) but by his unassuming nature and his gentleness. I guess I had unconsciously presumed that the person who had begun a movement as challenging as Death Cafes would be themselves challenging to meet, but Jon was easy to be around. Emma Curtis, secular minister and a psychological therapist specialising in grief and resilience
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Breonna Taylor

We want to commemorate Breonna Taylor, who was only 26 years old when she was fatally shot by police 8 times while in her own home in Louisville and yet no police officer has been charged. An Emergency Medical Technician training to be a nurse, she was a daughter, and a girlfriend, and won’t ever get to be a mother, or a grandmother. YARA + DAVINA
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Tony Elliott

Founder of Time Out, supporter of the arts, former trustee of Somerset House