Weekly Community Roundup – 16th April 2021

Branch refurbishment

Sterry Funeral Service in Hythe has undergone some interior decoration including new carpet fitted. The finished result gives a fresh look and feel to the building and the team look forward to welcoming families to their newly decorated funeral home.

Funeral Partners Regional Manager Receives Recognition for Charitable Work

Here is Regional Support Manager for Funeral Partners South Mark Clements with his certificate in recognition of his efforts supporting the people of Berkshire.

Mark was nominated for a High Sheriff Award and all nominees received a certificate and letter of thanks for stepping up to support residents and communities across Berkshire in life-changing ways.

Mark has worked tirelessly on a variety of fundraising projects throughout the years, more recently his five years commitment to raise £50,000 for Thames Hospice on behalf of E Sargeant & Son Funeral Directors.

Congratulations to Mark and thank you for making a difference. 

Schoolchildren win Easter treats from Thomas Bragg & Sons with their colourful drawings

Pupils of Dorridge Primary School won chocolate eggs from Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors, Knowle, after their Easter-themed drawings were picked as winners in a competition judged by residents of Job’s Close care home.

Funeral Arranger Kathryn Wagg ordered festive colouring-in sheets for more than 500 entrants at Dorridge Primary so she could display the winning artwork around the funeral home and brighten up the day of those missing their loved ones.

She said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but with Easter comes a sense of hope and optimism, and what better way to show it than with the creativity of the pupils from Dorridge Primary School.”

Kathryn contacted Year 2 Leader Alana Farrington with her idea which gained the interest of over 500 schoolchildren from Year 1 to 6.

Kathryn ordered hundreds of colouring-in sheets with six different designs and complexities for the different age groups and asked the residents of Job’s Close to pick the two best drawings from each year as the winners.

She said: “We’ve worked with Job’s Close for a number of years such as through sponsored events and charity initiatives, so I knew they’d have a good eye when it came to deciding the winning entries.

“Although it was nearly impossible for me to choose, I provided Job’s Close with the top ten drawings of each year group, from which their lovely residents managed to pick the top two.”

Each of the 12 winners were given a chocolate Easter egg by Kathryn and now have their artwork displayed at Thomas Bragg & Sons, which is helping to bring a smile to families going through difficult times.

Hamper donation

A beautiful Easter treats hamper was donated to Homefield Nursing Home. They were very grateful to receive it.

Easter egg donation

James Dykes Funeral Service donated 50 Easter eggs to the Newmilns Food Hub.

Nicolle and Dave Take to the Skies

Nicolle and Dave from GW Turner Funeral Directors in Stockport are completing a tandem skydive on 12th June 2021 to raise fuds for Stockport and District Mind who offer friendly, accessible support and information to people in mental distress and work with others to promote wellbeing in the local community

This dynamic duo have already raised over £600 so far and with your help want to raise even more for this service.

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the mental health of so many and will continue to have a long-lasting impact on society for years to come. The support that charities like Mind offers hope and a lifeline to those in need.

To donate please visit:  https://nicolleanddave.dedicationpage.org/skydive

Easter art competition

Robert Nuttall Funeral Service, Rochdale received an outstanding amount of entries from the children at Brimrod Community Primary School for their ‘Design an Easter egg competition.’

A staggering 66 entries were received which made it difficult to pick just three so it was decided that five would be chosen to receive a chocolate Easter treat!

The winners received a large Easter egg with all entrants receiving a pack of Mini Eggs for taking part.

Thank you to all the children who took part, the artwork looked fantastic and made the Robert Nuttall Easter display egg-tra special!

Mother’s Day and Easter

Sterry Funeral Service, Hythe donated a vase of daffodils to Balgowen House and bunches of daffodils to the residents at Saltwood Care Centre.

Plant pots, seeds, and soil were also given Hythe View Care Home for the residents to enjoy their own planting activity.

Funeral manager backs charity single in aid of suicide prevention following loss of childhood friend

Brett Benton, North Regional Support Manager at Funeral Partners, is helping raise awareness of male suicide prevention following the death of his childhood friend Chris Steel.

Chris’ brother Peter Steel, alongside the siblings’ former bandmates, recorded ‘The Fifth of March’, named after the day Chris took his own life, to honour his memory and encourage other men who may be suffering in silence to reach out for support.

Brett and Chris were close friends growing up, from starting nursery together at the age of four through to leaving secondary school at 16.

The pair would socialise with each other in later years at the local pub in South Elmsall, especially when live bands were playing.

Brett said: “Chris was a free spirit. He was always smiling, and he always had the ability to make everyone around him laugh. He was a great musician, having drummed since an early age, and was in bands for most of his life, alongside his brother Pete who plays guitar.”

Brett hopes the proceeds from Peter’s charity single will raise awareness of male mental health and the need to speak out. It will also raise funds for Andy’s Man Club, the local men’s mental health charity.

He concluded: “Chris was one of those people you may not have seen for months or a year, but the minute you bumped into him, you just picked up where you left off and caught up over a pint.

“I would urge others who might be feeling depressed or suicidal to speak to friends and family who will always support you. Don’t suffer in silence.”

The Fifth of March by Peter Steel and Friends is available to download on iTunes now: https://lnkd.in/edeQsWh