Weekly Community Roundup – 8th October 2021

Douglas Mercer & Son Funeral Directors donate gardening supplies to St Marys School and College

Douglas Mercer & Son Funeral Directors in St Leonards donate gardening supplies to St Marys School and College in Bexhill.

Jane Searston a Funeral Arranger/ Administrator at Douglas Mercer & Son Funeral Directors dropped off the donation at St Marys School and College on the 26th of September 2021.

The items donated included: compost, vegetable seeds, seed trays, grow bags, and plant pots.

The donations will be used to teach the students about healthy living, the topic is meant to help the students make the right choices when eating and drinking. The students will be able to see their fruit and vegetables grow!

The school is particularly special to Jane Seartson as her daughter Kaylee has worked there for the last nine years.

Kaylee Searston said: “Thank you so much to Douglas Mercers and Sons for your kind donation to our healthy living topic for the term. This will enable the students to learn about growing healthy fruit and vegetables that we will use for their suppers and snacks”.  

St Marys School and College were extremely grateful for the donation and have even featured the donation in their termly newsletter. This is emailed out to all the parents and careers and featured on the website.

To find out more about St Marys School and College visit: www.stmarysbexhill.org

Making baby blanket and hats for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

During Lockdown Aimee a Funeral Director for Walker and Morrell taught herself to crochet. Aimee decided to use this new skill to make burial garments for babies born asleep. The blankets and hats will be distributed to local hospitals in October for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

The reaction from the local community has been overwhelming with many people donating their hand made blankets, hats, and also donating materials. All these items will benefit many families whose babies were born asleep.

Harvest Festival window display

Marissa Sagoo is a Funeral Arranger / Administrator at James Hawes and Goodchild in Hackney, Marissa created an incredible window display for the Harvest Festival, with the idea from her manager Loraine Charter.

The window display includes fake fruit, autumn leaves and flowers, wooden baskets filled with real eggs from her mini farm and even a wooden chicken. James Hawes and Goodchild are also planning to collect canned food, this with most of the display will be donated to the local church and nursery.

Thank You to the local Registration team

The team at Shields of Donaghadee decided to donate a platter of sandwiches and fruit to say thank you to the local Registration Team/ Council. The platter was donated for their lunch to say thank you for there continued support over Lockdown. The funeral directors felt that the Registration team had been forgotten, as key workers and wanted to send them a treat.

The Registration team were extremely grateful emailing Shields of Donaghadee: “Just a few lines to say thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness. We are so appreciative that you thought of us and sent us such a kind and delicious gift and kind words! Thanks again from team Registration”.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Turners Funeral Service celebrated Macmillan’s Coffee Morning on the 24th of September 2021, by hosting their own coffee morning at the Ivanhoe Centre.

The coffee morning ran from 10am till 2pm at the Ivanhoe Centre in Conisbrough, with all the staff at Turners Funeral Services selling a range of light refreshments including tea, coffee, and a selection of cakes.

Turners Funeral Service wanted to thank everyone who came and supported such an amazing cause, with a special thank you to The Ivanhoe Centre for letting the team us their facilities.

Turners Funeral Service raised £370.31 for Macmillan’s Cancer Support!

To donate visit: https://donation.macmillan.org.uk/

Food Bank Collection Point

Wilton Funeral Services are now a drop off point for food donations working with Faithworks Wessex.  The aim of this initiative is to provide food for local individuals and families in crisis. 

Faithworks created Food Bank + for people that need emergency food and have no money. They run local food banks including Bournemouth Food Bank and Southbourne Food Bank.

Kerry Crowson a Funeral Director at Wilton Funeral Services, Bournemouth said all the staff have got involved. The reaction from the public has been amazing with regular donations being given to the collection point.

Kerry and her team at Wilton Funeral Services have raised awareness with posters and leaflets located at the branch.

To find out more information about Faithworks Wessex: https://faithworkswessex.org.uk/projects/foodbank/