Weekly Community Roundup – 15th November 2019

A great week for our teams up and down the country this week as they continue to engage with their local communities, with them supporting some great causes, starting with

Pounds for Pounds

Three members of the team from Huddersfield Funeral Home decided to take part in Pounds for Pounds to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

As well as becoming slimmer, fitter and healthier Samantha Redman, Paul Rayner and Helen McCluskey raised £100 for the hospice which will help fund their vital work supporting children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Every week the team had a weigh in and each put a pound in a pot. The total weight lost between all three was 2 stone 3ilbs.

Funeral Service Operative Paul Rayner said:” We were very happy if we lost weight, but if we had gained it cost £1.00 for every pound put on. We all feel better for taking part and are happy to have been able to contribute to such a worthy local cause.”

The team’s loss was most certainly the hospices gain- well done to Sam, Paul and Helen the Huddersfield slimming squad!

E Sargeant & Son supports the Vishaal Foundation memorial service

E Sargeant & Son Funeral Directors is proud to have once again supported The Vishaal Foundation with their 5th annual International Wave of Light Service, which took place on 15th October in Herschel Park, Slough.

Nearly 200 people attended this annual the service on a day recognised across the world as Pregnancy and Child Loss Remembrance Day. At 7pm candles were lit to coincide with candles all across the world before lanterns were set out onto the lake in a beautiful flotilla of light.

Operations Manager Mark Clements said: “We’ve been involved with the Wave of Light since it was first introduced in Slough by the Vishaal Foundation but this year’s was the most atmospheric yet and well attended.”

Aside from helping The Vishaal Foundation, this project enabled E Sargeant & Son to work with other community groups who assisted at the service, without whom none of this would have been possible. These were: Friends of Herschel Park, Aik Saath and Slough Town Community Football Club.

All three organisations provided volunteers who were invaluable, assisting with the set-up and clean-up of the event. Slough Town Community Football Club provided the refreshments free of charge. In addition, St Mary’s Church, Slough provided the tables and chairs.

Thanks should also go to Paul Larkins and Rachael Palmer who gave up their time from 2pm – 9.30pm to help set up, help at the service and then clear away. The service couldn’t have taken place without the superb support of Slough Borough Council  who provided use of Herschel Park free of charge with their park manager, Ian Judd, present from beginning to end.

Paying it forward

The Sprout and Flower Florist in Mere started a “Pay It forward” scheme to help vulnerable and less fortunate members of the local community live a little more comfortably, with hot and cold food and other required items they may otherwise not be able to afford.

On 11th November 2019 LC Hill & Son donated £100 to give theses good deeds a boost with more vouchers. The idea was the brainchild of one of the florist shops customers who started it off with the first vouchers. Their generosity has spread and other local people and businesses are getting behind the scheme to help those in need.

Funeral Arranger Caroline Joyce said: ‘We are very happy to be involved in such an important community based program and we will try to support them as much as we can.’

This is an imaginative way to give back to the community at a time where many people may be struggling in silence and feeling unable to ask for help. Something as small as a hot coffee and a slice of cake served with a friendly smile is priceless.

To find out more about the scheme or how you can donate contact the Spout and Flower on 01747 860300.

Moortown Memorial Evening

On Wednesday 6th November the Moortown branch held a very special memorial service at St Gemma’s Hospice with approximately 70 people attending.

This was a first for Wm Dodgson’s and St Gemma’s and together they created a modern service with popular music instead of hymns which garnered many positive comments about it being reflective of the modern world.

Area Development Manager Wendy Ambler said: “Funeral Celebrant Kate Barker was outstanding and her service was so sincere and welcoming, I saw a few tears during the night.”

A thankyou to all the staff who attended and helped with the setting up and clearing away after the event.