An online tribute page to victims of the coronavirus has been visited by more than 2,500 people within two days of launching.

The Lasting Tribute Page for The Victims Of Coronavirus (Covid-19) offers people an opportunity to light a candle and leave a message for those who have died.

More than 100 people have contributed to the free service - lighting online candles and leaving heartfelt messages in memory of those whose lives have gone too soon.

Some of those who have left messages have lost loved ones close to them.

Others have come to express their grief for the people behind the statistics - the families, friends, neighbours, communities, villages, towns, counties and countries who are coping with bereavement.

User Clare, who has visited the online memorial page in the last 24 hours, wrote: “Every life lost to this cruel virus will not be forgotten. R.I.P no more pain and suffering.”

Susan, another user, said: “For everyone affected by this terrible virus. May God keep you in His loving care xx.”

Pat & Dave Thomas used the page to remember their relative as he battles coronavirus, saying: “Pray for our brother-in-law Dave who is fighting for his life in ICU at The Royal.”

Grieving daughter Helen Hill visited the page to leave a touching tribute for her dad who died from the disease.

She posted: “This is for my lovely dad who went before his time because of this virus. Jimmy McIver a great dad and grandad xx I will miss you always, only comfort I get is that you're with “Mum & Jamie now x Love you dad, if you sent the white feathers to me, thank you, it worked.”

CG joined many on the site to simply say: “#WeLightInMemory.”

The page was set up by funeral-notices.co.uk in response to the rising death toll with the number of deaths announced on Wednesday (April 1) taking the UK's total increase to 2,352.

The funeral-noteices.co.uk team who set up the Lasting Tribute Page for The Victims of Coronavirus are from Reach plc - the publishers of this website and hundreds of regional newspapers across the UK.

In response to Covid-19, Reach Plc - publishers of this website - has launched a free ‘notify me’ function on its death announcements site - funeral-notices.co.uk - to ensure friends and family can keep up with the changing guidelines on funeral services.

The team is also available to support Funeral Directors booking notices on the 24/7 site and has the facility to take bookings over the telephone and by email.

Reach plc funeral notices director Darren Minns said: "We remain committed to our audience who read the funeral notices pages in our newspapers every day, and those who return to visit funeral-notices.co.uk time and time again.

"We continue to provide support, free of charge, in placing tributes, adding photographs and videos online helping people pay their respects, offer condolences and provide some comfort to families affected by the restrictions on guests attending funerals."

For more information go to funeral-notices.co.uk

Funeral notices director Darren Minns said: “This lasting tribute page has been created in memory of the people behind the statistics.

“Each number is somebody’s grandma, mother, sister; someone’s father, friend or colleague.

“There is so much more to say about the human tragedy and grief currently being experienced by the individuals, families and communities affected by the rising death toll of coronavirus and we invite you to share your stories and tributes.

“For those not personally affected by the loss caused by this pandemic, we invite you to choose a candle below to light in memory of those lives tragically taken too soon.

“We hope that together we can offer support, love and a little hope to our family, friends, neighbours, communities, villages, towns, counties, countries who are coping with the loss of their loved ones, perhaps whilst socially isolated, right now.

"We invite you to share your stories, messages of support, or simply light a candle.”

To light a candle and leave your message on the Lasting Tribute Page for The Victims of Coronavirus on funeral-notices.co.uk click here