How YOU can join Bradford 101 project to record Bradford’s pandemic experiences
By Claire Earley, Digital Content Editor
What has been your experience of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020? Let us know to be part of Bradford 101
lOCALiQ has launced an innovative project to create a lasting reminder of a unique year for the people of our district.
What is Bradford 101?
The Bradford 101 project aims to tell the stories of 101 Bradfordians aged between nought and 100 – a person for every age – relaying their experiences, in just 100 words, of what it’s like to live through the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Our readers’ words will form the basis of a special T&A supplement and also be part of a city-wide art exhibition.
The exhibition will consist of four large pods placed around Bradford city centre, which will all be decorated on each of their two-metre long sides with the words of the 101 readers’ coronavirus tales.
We want to hear from YOU
Throughout the pandemic the T&A has reported many stories of heroism and extraordinary selflessness, with volunteers helping people in need within their communities, NHS and care workers battling on under extreme pressure, and other key workers keeping the district going.
If you have had a special role to play in helping Bradford through the pandemic – from the frontline hospital staff to the teachers, bus drivers, postal workers and shop workers striving to keep services available – we would be proud to add your story to this record for future generations to see.
However, you don’t need to be a hero to take part. We want to hear from everyone who has a story to tell. How have you coped with the new challenges brought by lockdown and the virus? How have you found everyday activities like shopping and home working?
Perhaps you’ve found clever ways of keeping in touch with family you’re not able to visit or found a greater sense of community among your neighbours. Maybe you’re a business owner who has adapted to suit the restrictions.
We want to hear from old and young alike. If you’re a parent of young children and your family has had to deal with juggling work, homeschooling, or you’re an elderly person who has had to spend more time alone than usual, we want to hear your story.
I hope the supplement can become the definitive chronicle of life under Covid in our city. It really will be a piece of social history” – Telegraph & Argus editor Nigel Burton
Of course, our district has sadly suffered countless losses during the pandemic. Many families have been bereaved and found themselves separated from those closest to them in their time of need.
Many have been hospitalised with the virus, or had to suffer its effects at home. Many have lost their jobs due to the economic pressures brought about by the lockdown. These are all vital stories to tell among the Bradford 101.
“This is a very exciting project for the T&A and our readers, and I’m looking forward to hearing each of your remarkable stories of this unique time. “I hope the supplement can become the definitive chronicle of life under Covid in our city. It really will be a piece of social history.”Nigel Burton, Group Editor