Appeal to remember 'angels' at home in Salford of UK's oldest coronavirus victim

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  • A gofundme page has been set up to raise funds for a memorial garden

The grandson of Britain's oldest known victim of coronavirus is appealing to the community to help build a memorial garden to celebrate the people who died at home that looked after her.

Kenyon Lodge in Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, had a number of coronavirus-related deaths. The staff there now want to build a special memorial garden to the 'angels'.

Hilda Churchill, aged 108, lived at Kenyon Lodge for the final months of her very long life.

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The former seamstress lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 which killed 50 million people, including her baby sister.

Mrs Churchill died on March 28, just eight days before her 109th birthday and a day after testing positive for Covid-19.

Born in 1911, the grandmother and matriarch of her family, had four children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Now the 60-bed nursing home where she lived is asking gardeners, builders and members of the public to help create a garden of remembrance at the home.

Nurse practitioner Emma Rogers made a public appeal for a tree surgeon, to trim back trees in the grounds, ground workers to build a pathway for wheelchairs, skip hire firms and fencers.

Local schoolchildren have also been asked to paint stones as decoration.

The home also hopes to install a decking area where current residents and bereaved family members, who have been denied a proper funeral due to social distancing rules, can go to reflect and remember.

"We want to celebrate the lives of our angels, pay our respects and say our goodbye with their loved ones by our sides.

Emma Rogers
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The home's manager, Gulzar Nazir, said the home has lost "quite a few people" during the pandemic.

"We have a lot of gardens, we want to make them usable. This is a very difficult time for us but at least we can start to make it a little better...

Gulzar Nazir

Tributes to Hilda, 108, who survived two world wars and the Spanish flu but died after contracting coronavirus