Memories will live on thanks to garden

David Storr, Jenny Garner and Sarah Foster at the Red Cross, International Day of the Disappeared garden, St Augustines Family Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax.
David Storr, Jenny Garner and Sarah Foster at the Red Cross, International Day of the Disappeared garden, St Augustines Family Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax.
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Lost loved ones were remembered when a memorial garden was planted at St Augustine’s Family Centre in Halifax, ahead of today’s official International Day Of The Disappeared.

In association with the British Red Cross, the day aims to keep memories alive of those affected by uncertain loss through conflict, war and disaster as well as forced disappearances.

Sarah Foster – service coordinator for international family tracing in West Yorkshire – was involved in the planting at St Augustine’s which saw refugees and asylum seekers join in.

Sarah said: “The day of the disappeared is when we remember tens of thousands of families around the world who are left without knowledge of people they love.

“A lot of those people, they’re not able to grieve because they don’t know whether they’re alive or dead.

“We know that lots of people in Halifax are affected by this. The service that we operate is to help people restore confidence.

“We know there’s a refugee and asylum population in Halifax. There’s a lot of services that want to support people as well.”