Weekly Community Roundup – 28th February 2020

Championing Healthy Hearts

To mark Heart Health Month Lisa Dean, Nikki Williams, Sally Roberts and Jill Beams of all four Miles and Daughters funeral homes created window displays dedicated to promoting healthy heart foods throughout February.

All of the foods on display were donated to Reading’s Food Bank, ReadiFood and the community were encouraged to donate more food if they could. ReadiFood is run by Faith Christian Group who have provided an Emergency Food Parcel Service in Reading for over 25 years.

For more information about ReadiFood and how you can help visit https://readifood.org.uk/

Supporting the British Heart Foundation

Funeral Arranger Alison Orrow held a coffee morning on 13th February at the Highams Park funeral home in aid of the British Heart Foundation. The coffee morning is held each year to coincide with Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month.

Alison raised £40.00 for the charity where every donation helps fund lifesaving research into heart and circulatory disease.

The red and white colours synonymous with the British Heart Foundation adorned the front office where guests were treated to a delicious array of sweet treats including victoria sponge cake.

Raffle donations support the animals

In late January Branch Manager Nicky Howard presented one of the staff members at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary in Holmeswood with a box of treats after responding to a request for raffle prizes.

Made up of a dedicated team of Staff and Volunteers, Woodlands Animal Sanctuary aim to help neglected, unwanted and ill animals.

Nicky said: “They sent an email requesting items for their raffle. I subscribe to their newsletter and I also donate personally to this charity so I wanted to help in any way that I could.”

Items donated included perfume and aftershave sets, plates, glasses and toiletries.

Purple Poppy Appeal

Funeral Director Sarah Lockton recently received a hand delivered certificate for her help in raising £3360 for the purple poppy appeal, the highest amount in any village in the UK. In 2019 the village of Cockington become the first in Britain to hold a Purple Poppy Day in remembrance of animals lost in war.

K&H Carriages of Cockington work tirelessly on the appeal, assisted by Torbay & District Funeral Service with a window display and the sale of poppies, badges, ceramic and knitted poppies all hand made by the locals of Cockington.

Annie the horse has become the first equine ambassador for the purple poppy appeal in the UK. She is owned and worked by K&H Carriages of Cockington. A national memorial has been unveiled in Ascot.

Man of the match

Funeral Director Barry Normington recently visited a Wakefield Hawks under 11s Rugby team match to present the man of the match with a certificate and trophy.

The team trains at Sandal Rugby blub every Saturday and train at Wakefield Thornes park Wakefield across from Wakefield Funeral Services every Tuesday and actively support local good causes.

Barry said: “I am deeply involved with having a grandson play for the team. I asked if they had a trophy and I was told no, I asked if they would let me get one for them and they replied yes that would be really nice and something for the player to enjoy getting. I have also told them that I will get the end of year medals for the player.”