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Our Mission

Not Another Number is a Community Interest Company whose mission is to provide a free online memorial platform for families and friends bereaved due to COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus).

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How we started

Not Another Number was founded on 12th May 2020 by Alistair MacLeod in York following the death of his beloved Grandmother, Sheila Black, to COVID-19 on 2nd May 2020. On 1st June 2020, we launched the online memorial platform developed solely by Alistairnotanothernumber.co.uk.

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Personal Memorial Pages

Since launch, many new features have been added to notanothernumber.co.uk. Since 30th June 2020, families and friends who submit a memorial will get access to a Personal Memorial Page which they can fully customise to suit them and their loved one.

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Photo Wall

On 10th July 2020, we launched the COVID-19 Memorial Photo Wall. The photos from each and every memorial can now be viewed all in one place and people can click on any photo to view the full memorial.

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The Numbers?

We don’t like talking about the numbers for obvious reasons but we’d encourage you to visit the Photo Wall to take in the true scale of the loss COVID-19 has caused. We also have a growing social media following which you can join using the buttons below.


Not Another Number runs it’s own Covid-19 bereaved support Facebook group. But we also recommend joining the Alone Together Covid-19 Support Network on Facebook run by Liam Meyer. It’s a wonderful, caring and safe community for everyone bereaved by Covid-19.

How Does It Work?

  1. This is a completely free service, you will never pay for a memorial.
  2. Every 10 seconds a new memorial will be shown on the main page.
  3. Pause the memorial slideshow at any time using the pause button in the bottom right.
  4. See the photos from all memorials on the Photo Wall and click a photo to view that memorial.

  1. If you would like your loved one to be included, you can Add a Memorial.
  2. Each memorial is made up of a photo, name and memorial text which could be a tribute, treasured memory, poem or anything else you feel is right.
  3. You will receive email confirmation of your submission, we will process it as fast as we can.
  4. Once your submission is approved, you will receive a second email with a link to your Personal Memorial Page and the PIN you will need to customise it. You'll also be able to find your loved one on the Photo Wall within 15 minutes of approval.

  1. You can share your Personal Memorial using the social links on the page.
  2. Edit your personal memorial using the details you received in your email. Learn more about editing here: Personal Pages.
  3. You can contact us at any point should you wish to change or remove a memorial.
  4. Follow our Facebook page to get the latest information and join the Alone Together Support Group set up by Liam Meyer on Facebook to talk with other people bereaved by COVID-19.

In the Media

BBC Look North

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“Powerful words, not just a number, and it says it all. It’s an online memorial set up by a York man to remember victims of COVID-19…”

BBC Radio York Video

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“Such a beautiful way to remember those we’ve all lost to Covid-19. It’s important that we don’t just see the numbers, but the individual people behind those numbers…”

York Press Article

York Press

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‘She’s not just another number’ – tribute to gran lost to coronavirus.

“A YOUNG man who lost his grandmother to coronavirus has created a memorial website – and others can add tributes to loved ones they have lost in the pandemic. He decided to create a memorial website to remember Sheila because he did not want her to be “just be another number” that was read out at the Government’s daily press conferences…”

LeedsTV News Broadcast

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“Alistair MacLeod has set up COVID-19 memorial website Not Another Number following the passing of his Grandmother.”

That’s TV York News Broadcast

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“The emotional story of how a family coronavirus related tragedy, led a York local to set up an online memorial service for families who have lost a loved one at this time..”

Northern Echo Article

The Northern Echo

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‘She’s not just a number’: Death of grandmother inspires new website for coronavirus victims.

“A MAN has set up a website where people can remember those who have died of coronavirus following the death of his grandmother. Alistair MacLeod, from York, set up Not Another Number following the death of his grandmother, Sheila Black, 85, on May 2.”

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A Note From the Founder, Alistair MacLeod.

My beloved Grandmother, Sheila Black, sadly passed away to COVID-19 in May 2020. It was sudden and a huge shock to all of Sheila’s friends and family. At the 5pm daily covid briefing, the numbers were read out revealing 620 people had also passed away – 620 other families, 620 other friendship groups devastated.

All I could think about was sharing a piece of Sheila’s story and letting the world know that she was not another number. As days went by and more numbers were read out, I wondered more about everyone else’s stories – who were these numbers? What treasured memories have they left behind with those that loved them?

I hope that through Not Another Number the world can see the human cost of this health disaster and never forget those that we’ve lost. They’re not another number, they’re not a statistic, they are our loved ones.