Weekly Community Roundup – 6th March 2020

Crème egg-stravaganza – G H Dovener & Son Funeral Directors

On Friday 21st February Funeral Arranger Sonia Hunjin delivered 204 Crème eggs were delivered to St Gemma’s Hospice donated by GH Dovener & Son Funeral Directors and Wm.Dodgson & Son Funeral Services, as well as family and friends to help raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice Easter Campaign: Knit-a-Chick.

In the months leading up to Easter, St Gemma’s appeal for knitters to knit chicks to sell at Easter time, each stuffed with a donated crème egg. Last year their knitted chick campaign raised an incredible £4,600, so we hope that each and every egg donated by GH Dovener each get their own chick.

Calling all knitters

Helen McClusky, Samantha Redman and Katrina Woodward from Huddersfield Funeral Home are busy knitting away for Calderdale Royal Hospital who have made an appeal for baby incubator blankets but they need your help!

Calderdale hospital are in need of traffic light (Red, Amber and Green) baby blankets for their incubators which need to be 58cm x 58cm.

If you or anyone you know would like to help or donate materials please get in touch with one of the team at Huddersfield on 01484 531 441.

Funds for the Forces

The team at Chris White Funeral Directors organised a cake sale to raise funds for Army Welfare Service, and specifically for a service family in Tidworth whose daughter has a genetic medical condition and raised £72.50.

The Army Welfare Service provides both community development and welfare support to service families living in the garrison areas of Tidworth, Bulford and Netheravon.

Funeral Director Amy Newman said: “My Husband is military so we all try and support each other as much as possible.”

To find out more contact Funeral Director Amy Newman at Chris White Funeral Directors in Salisbury on 01722 411 919

Love is in the Air

Love was in the air at Bridgewood Care Home in Enfield when Funeral Arranger Donna Forrester donated some arts and crafts materials for the residents to make Valentine’s cards and ran a competition to see who could make the best card.

Donna first approached the care home with the idea in 2019 and a successful event ensued but it proved to be even more popular this year with more residents taking part. The two ladies who won ‘Best Card’ were presented with a box of chocolates by Donna.

Donna said: “I love being able to come out for a few hours and interact with the residents at Bridgewood. We always have a good time and I like talking to everyone over a cup of tea. This really is one of the highlights of my year, having some fun and getting creative.”

Flowers for Mother’s Day

Joan and Barry from Wakefield Funeral Services have made over 500 Gerbera badges for local school children to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day.

By supergluing flat bodied safety pins to the back of the flowers between the petals and the sepals and cutting back the stems to a quarter of an inch Barry and Joan were able to create these simple symbols of love for the children of Jerry clay and Dimple well Junior and Infants schools.

Mother’s Day Memorial

Funeral Director Caz Denning from JH Way in Teignmouth created this stunning spring window display for Mother’s Day.

The focal point of the display is a memorial tree and tags so people can write a message and place it on the tree in memory of their loved one.

If you would like find out more or ask a member of the team to write a message on your behalf contact Caz on 01626 248 008

Smear for Smear

On 25th January W Hodges Funeral Directors held a Cervical Cancer awareness day. Funeral Arranger Murielle Doyle organised the information day in aid of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

As well as an array of delicious cakes and sweet treats there was a prize raffle with amongst other items a hair curler, wine, chocolates and games were up for grabs for the lucky winners.

In keeping with the pink theme, Choice funeral plan goody bags were handed out to the local infant nursery in Riverhead, and the local Newsagent in Tunbridge Wells gave out copies of Woman’s Own magazine with cancer advisory leaflets.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust celebrates their 20th year in 2020 and their annual Smear for Smear campaign takes place during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The 2020 campaign (20-26 January) focused on getting the facts out about HPV and smear tests.

Power of the community

In February Blackheath Funeral Service asked members of the community, family and friends to contribute to their memory tree and collection for the British Heart Foundation.

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 window where members of the community were asked to guess the amount of balloons in the room. To help raise funds.

Winkler’s entertain Old Hastings House

On Christmas morning 2019 Funeral Director Tony Hart joined fellow Winkle Club Choir members to sing carols to the residents of Old Hastings House in the Old Town.

Joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings, this a tradition that goes back over forty years with friends and family joining club members to entertain residents on this special day. Mary Lipscombe from the Hastings Philharmonic Choir both conducted and sang and residents were said to be delighted by the festivities.  The Winkle Club is a charitable organisation formed in 1900 by Hastings fishermen to help the under-privileged families of Hastings Old Town.

Tony said: “We all really enjoy this annual tradition, Christmas day wouldn’t be the same without it. We also know how much it means to the residents of Old Hastings House who look forward to our visit.”