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Patrick Vernon OBE supported by The Ubele Initiative have launched THE MAJONZI COVID-19 BEREAVEMENT FUND

People from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic (B.A.M.E) backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic with many losing their lives.

This is why Patrick Vernon OBE launched the Majonzi Covid-19 Bereavement Fund in collaboration with The Ubele Initiative and BAMEstream, to support members of the B.A.M.E community who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Majonzi Fund, named for the Swahili word for grief or sorrow will:

  • provide small grants to help families, colleagues, community and faith groups to organise memorial events and tributes to celebrate and commemorate the lives of loved ones who lost their lives during the pandemic;
  • raise money so individuals can access culturally relevant bereavement and grief support in over 20 languages which reflects the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.

“COVID-19 is having a significant impact on households in Britain especially those from BAME communities. When you lose a family member like I have you realise the importance of their contribution to society and its impact on families and work colleagues as part of the grieving process. This Fund with the support of the public can make a small difference to families and communities affected by COVID-19.”

Dr Patrick Vernon OBE


We Are Looking For Creative Contributions

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Send us your contributions and innovative ideas on bereavement support, PTSD and narrative heritage either in the form of articles, blogs, creative writing, poetry, artwork.

We are also keen to receive work from artistes, writers and film makers who have or are in the process of creating work around commemoration and celebration of the lives of those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to hear your views and interpretations on the socio, economic and racial inequalities of Covid-19.

If you would like to contribute to content of the site from information on bereavement case studies on Memoria, creative work or assist in fundraising activities, sponsorship or funding please contact Patrick Vernon

A Vision For The Future

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We have also seen how young people have been affected so we hope to establish a school competition for young people to present a vision of a post Covid-19 Britain where inclusion and anti-racism is central.

More details to follow soon!