August 18, 2020
Owners Rita and John Harbury-Carlisle unveiled a new memorial wall dedicated to the NHS Key Workers who have battled against the Covid-19 pandemic this week.
Pet owners can now leave a lasting tribute to their beloved pets on the walls around the crematorium courtyard. The stunning area is a mass of beautiful, colourful hanging baskets and gives a place where pet owners can take a moment to reflect on their loss.
John and his wife Rita have been supporting the NHS staff at the Queen’s Medical Centre for several years by providing fans for cancer and geriatric care wards. He said: “The staff are amazing people who give so much, they are so caring. We now want to pay a lasting tribute to highlight the way they have helped everyone in recent months”
The dedication plaque states: “The NHS Memorial Wall – In honour of the NHS Key Workers who battled against the Covid-19 pandemic. You have our heartfelt thanks”.
Pet owners can now leave their own plaque in memory of their pet. John said: “There is no charge for placing a plaque and hopefully the owners will have a place to remember their pet. The courtyard area is an enclosed, peaceful space where visitors can take time to reflect and relax.”
Pet owners can provide their own plaques or obtain them directly from local firm, Marble Hart Ltd. John added: “We hope this will help at a difficult time. We are not asking for a fee because we want to create a fitting memorial to the fabulous efforts of the NHS. We thought pet owners might also like this way to remember their friends and join the tribute to the Key Workers”
This is just one of the updates that has taken place during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The Crematorium is now open and running a modified service strictly by appointment only for pet owners.
Only one family will be allowed on the site at a time to maximise social distancing protocols. Free masks, gloves and hand sanitisers are available on arrival with staff wearing the appropriate PPE.
A one-way system on the site has allowed all of the rooms to become available including the chapels of rest and farewell rooms. There is also ample room in the courtyard and garden for anyone who would prefer to remain outside the building.
Owner Rita Harbury-Carlisle said: “It’s wonderful to be able to help people again, we did our best during the lockdown but we were simply not able to provide our usual service. We are getting there and hopefully we can get back to normal soon”.