By Cheshire West and Chester - 12th January 2021 6:00am
A book of reflection has been opened online for residents to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched the book to offer people chance to reflect on the past year and share their messages of reflection, condolence, hope and thank yous.
There is also a section within the book to say 'thank you' to those who have made a difference during the pandemic.
Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:
"This devastating disease has claimed hundreds of lives in our borough, leaving family and friends mourning their personal loss, while the wider community mourns our loss as a society. The nature of COVID-19 means that, as a community, we have been unable to come together in our grief as we would usually wish to when faced with loss of this magnitude. We hope that this book offers an opportunity to do this, to share our thoughts and support one another during this incredibly difficult time. Throughout 2020 we have seen and experienced the power of communities coming together to help and support residents in need, as well as the inspirational support and commitment shown by the nation's tireless NHS staff and all key workers. This is why we also wanted to offer people a place in the book to say thank you to all those who have helped and are continuing to help us all through these difficult and unprecedented times."
The book will also be kept as a record of the tributes paid and the thank yous.
To take part visit: