Cambridge’s adulation for the NHS has been forever commemorated, after Daniel Zeichner MP visited Cambridge Fabric Company and utilised their sewing skills to contribute to the Parliamentary Coronavirus Memorial Quilt project.
The cross-party initiative – led by Brent Central MP, Dawn Butler, and supported by Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle – has seen MPs contribute a patchwork block in memory of those who have died from COVID-19, and the frontline workers still fighting it. Four squares were also dedicated to the four members of staff in Parliament who succumbed to the disease. These blocks were then pieced together to form a quilt representing the multitude of experiences endured during this time.
Cambridge Fabric Company agreed to assist Mr Zeichner in designing and creating the block which pays homage to the heroic efforts of NHS and social care workers during the pandemic, including those who tragically lost their lives trying to save and support others.
Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, said: “we in Cambridge are incredibly proud of our health and social care staff and remain indebted to their selfless dedication during and despite COVID-19. They are true heroes in every sense and have made exceptional sacrifices putting the public before themselves, sacrifices that are illustrated, so starkly and so tragically, by the number of deaths following occupational exposure to this awful disease. I would like to thank the Cambridge Fabric Company team for helping me to commemorate them”.