Residents in Brighton and Hove are being invited to help create a loving memorial to those who have lost their lives to Covid-19

White background with brightly coloured origami cranes and text that reads "Souls to Paradise #CranesForCovid"

Souls to Paradise – A Community COVID Memorial

Dr Christa Beesley (a GP from Wellsbourne Healthcare) is inviting the Brighton & Hove community to get behind a beautiful COVID-19 memorial this summer.

The memorial which will be named “Souls to Paradise”, will take the form of a huge display of flying, paper cranes, created and submitted by members of the local community; each bird representing a single life.

Anyone who has lost a family member, friend or colleague, or who wishes to mark the effect the pandemic has had on us all, is invited to take part. People can also add the name of a loved one they have lost during the pandemic or a personal message if they wish.

The mobile memorial will be open to the public from Tuesday 27th July at The Spire, a creative space for theatre, live art, community collaboration and events, located in the beautiful Grade II listed former St Mark’s Chapel in East Brighton, which has given its space free of charge.

Dr Christa Beesley started to fold origami cranes for health and care colleagues who lost their lives looking after others, making them all in bright primary colours so that when they fly together they look bit like an NHS rainbow.

In the video below, Dr Beesley explains more about the thought and meaning behind the cranes, the project and how you can get involved:


To find out more, including instructions of how to make your paper crane and where to deliver it, click here


Grief is a natural process, but we know it can be devastating. If you have been affected by a bereavement and would like to seek support, our partner provider Cruse Bereavement Care are available to take your calls or chat online at: