Choice Charity Cheque Presentation

Choice is passionate about local charities and after speaking with our Huddersfield Funeral Home, they wanted to support and raise money for their local Children’s Hospice.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life-shortening conditions and their entire families.

Keith Clegg, Funeral Partner’s Area Development Manager was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for £450 to Louise Addison who is the Regional Fundraiser for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice on behalf of Huddersfield Funeral Home.

Keith said: “We chose this charity because it is local, it was a team decision and had unanimous support from virtually everyone. It’s a children’s hospice which provide an invaluable service and support to families in Huddersfield and surrounding areas in extremely difficult circumstances.”

The money was raised via the sale of Choice Funeral Plans. For every plan purchased during the promotion period, £50 was put towards supporting this wonderful cause. For more information on the amazing work that Forget Me Knot Children’s Hospice does, visit https://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/

 

Choice Donates Towards Hythe Heritage

Earlier on in June, Funeral Director Sarah Graham from our Funeral Partner’s Waterside Funeral Home handed over a cheque for £500 to Hythe Pier Heritage Association which was raised via the sale of Choice Funeral Plans.

For every plan sold, £50 was put towards supporting this wonderful cause.

Run by volunteers, the groups aim is to preserve and develop the pier as a unique part of local heritage, to be enjoyed by local people and visitors to the village of Hythe. Hythe Pier is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest pier train in the world.

They have already revamped the waiting rooms at the end of the pier and the entrance.

The Association is going to use this £500 to kick- start their next campaign, to raise funds to restore the train tracks and work on the train itself.

For more information, or if you’d like to help, visit their website at http://www.savehythepier.org.uk/default.asp

 

Dying Matters – Are We Ready?

For the last couple of years, Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged  people to answer a question: What Can You Do? How can you help yourselves, or families or our communities face up to death and bereavement?

For 2019, they’re asking another question: Are We Ready? It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us.  For many of us, the answer will not be ‘yes’. We know from the research we’ve done that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care. And even for those that have, the emotional aspect of being ready for death is challenging. Who is ever really ready to die?

Such questions are best faced with the help of others, which is why they’re asking ‘Are We Ready?’ To face death and dying is a challenge greater than any one of us can face alone, and it is all of our responsibility. We’re in this life together, so our question is asking much more of us than you might think.

Are We Ready to help others get their affairs in order?
Are We Ready to help people we know who are caring for someone who is dying?
Are We Ready to support someone who is grieving?
Or even something as simple as “Are We Ready to talk about it?”

We can only know the answer if we start to have the conversation, and as they’ve said before, talking about it won’t make it happen. And those conversations don’t stop in our private lives – they have to form a part of the public debate as well. Are We Ready to volunteer at a local hospice? Are We Ready to support a bereavement charity? Are We Ready to do what we can in our communities to help people be ready?

Each Awareness Week will have a “theme” for each weekday. The idea behind which is that these will generate more specific conversation and give people a chance to ask questions or share things that aren’t often covered in as much depth.

This year, they have chosen:

Monday – Funeral costs
Tuesday – Memorialisation
Wednesday – Grieving for a pet
Thursday – Support for those who are estranged from/have no family
Friday – Diversity and inclusion at end of life

For more information, visit https://www.dyingmatters.org/

 

Good Health Adds Life to Years – World Health Day

World Health Day is approaching on 7th April.  What will YOU do to support it?

World Health Day is celebrated by the people all across the world every year on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organization to draw the mass people attention towards the importance of global health. World Health Assembly was held first time in the year 1948 in Geneva by the WHO where it was decided to celebrate the World Health Day annually on 7th of April. It was first celebrated worldwide in the year 1950 as the World Health Day. Varieties of events related to the particular theme are organized on the international and national level by the WHO.

It is an annual event being celebrated for years to raise the common public awareness towards the health issues and concerns. A particular theme is chosen to run the celebration and take care of the health for whole year. Global Polio Eradication was also one of the special themes of the year 1995 of world health day. From then, most of the countries have become free of this fatal disease whereas in other parts of the world its awareness level has increased.  The theme for 2019 is Universal Heath Coverage:  Everyone, Everywhere

World Health Day targets all the health issues on global basis for which several programs are organized yearly by the WHO and other related health organizations at various places like schools, colleges and other crowd places.

It is celebrated to remember the establishment of the World health Organization as well as draw the attention of people towards the major health issues in the world.

WHO is a vast health organization working under UN for addressing the health issues on a global basis. Since its establishment it has addressed serious health issues including chickenpox, polio, smallpox, TB, leprosy and etc from various developing countries. It has played a significant role aiming to make the world a healthy world. It has all the statistics about global health reports.

Why Celebrate World Health Day?

World Health Day celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy by adding good health to the lives of people and promoting healthier living habits. Youths of the new era are also targeted by this event to prevent and make them healthy to make the world healthy and free from AIDS and HIV.
Disease spreading vectors like mosquitoes (malaria, dengue fever, filaria, chikungunya, yellow fever and etc), ticks, bugs, sand flies, snails and etc are also spotlighted by the WHO to make the world free from a wide range of diseases caused by parasites and pathogens. It provides better prevention and cure from the vector-borne diseases spread by vectors and travellers from one country to other. WHO supports various health authorities on global basis to make their own efforts for the public health problems to enhance better life without any diseases.

Marathon Cycle Supporting Heart Patients

A Funeral Arranger from Wythenshawe Funeral Services cycled 144km on behalf of Funeral Partners and Choice in challenging conditions to raise funds for a local charity supporting heart patients.

Keen cyclist Grant Longden braved the cold and rain to visit seven Funeral Partners funeral homes around Manchester, Stockport and Liverpool to support The Ticker Club at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Grant said: “It was a difficult challenge only to be made more challenging by the adverse weather that day. The more it rained, the colder I got, I’ve never been so cold and wet in all my life. When the bad weather came, it was a case of digging in and getting it done.”

Grant’s seven-hour ‘Tour de Partners’, involving climbs of over 1,000m, started at Wythenshawe Funeral Services. He took in GW Turner Funeral Directors in Edgeley, Raymond Massey & Son Funeral Directors in Dukinfield, Michael Kennedy Funeral Services in Blackley, Kavanagh & Coates Funeral Services in Heywood, Howard’s Funeral Directors in Southport and Ainsdale, finishing at Graham J. Clegg Funeral Services in Maghull, Merseyside.

Collecting donations along the way, he hopes to have raised £250 for the charity, which supports those undergoing cardiac procedures at the hospital and is run by ex-patients.

Grant said: “I’ve had great support from Funeral Partners and my colleagues and the teams at all the branches were brilliant and pampered me a bit before sending me back on my way. The next day I wasn’t too sore and felt proud of what I’d accomplished.”

Grant, 47, who joined the Funeral Partners team at Wythenshawe Funeral Services last October, got into shape for the ride by cycling to work every day, a round trip of more than 26 miles. He is no stranger to physical challenges, having previously tackled the 12-hour Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, an event he hopes to complete again later this year.

Grant is still collecting sponsorship at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/grantlongden1

 

Funeral Partners – Careers

Funeral Partners is different to other funeral directors of its size. We might be the third largest in the country but you’ll feel like part of a family

Supporting Local Communities

All of our funeral homes value their reputation in the local community, and actively work with numerous local charities and community organisations. We are happy to offer support in a variety of ways, from placing advertising in a community magazine, getting involved with a fundraising project or simply offering to promote an appropriate local charity through a window display.
In the run-up to Christmas, many of our homes organise a Memorial Day service in a local church or community building to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died during the year. These are greatly appreciated and well-attended by family members.

Charity Work

Every year our Community Calendar highlights key national charities who we seek to support, primarily through window displays. With the help of our Community Champions we work closely with local groups of national charities, such as the Royal British Legion, to promote appropriate events such as Remembrance Day in November.

“To wake up and come into a job that you love, it’s invaluable.” Learn more about what our people have to say about working for Funeral Partners. Listen first hand as they tell us how no day is the same and why they love working for us. Interested in a career with us? Find out more at https://youtu.be/hI-kX4eOwk4 and work for a company you’ll be proud to be a part of.

Visit the Funeral Partners website for more information https://corporate.funeralpartners.co.uk/careers/

 

Meet The Choice Team

The friendly Choice Team are based in (mostly) sunny Torquay and due to the continued expansion of the business and growth of the team, they have just relocated to new premises.  Lynne Young, Choice Manager who heads the team said;

“In support of our continued success the Choice Team are delighted to receive the keys to their new offices over-looking beautiful Torquay Marina”

Back row (L-R) Danielle, Natalie , Lucy  Jayne & Rachel, Julie  Front Row (L-R) Lynne, Steve, Mary-Anne & Linda

The Choice team pride themselves on being friendly, experienced and professional, offering nothing but top quality services to all of their clients and Funeral Partners colleagues.  Steve Coyle, Head of Pre-Need  was very proud to be cutting the ribbon and said;

“A fabulous team needs fabulous surroundings to give fabulous customer service..!”

You can contact the Choice Team on 01803 298243 or by email info@choiceplan.co.uk


 

 

Thomas Bragg Celebrates 150 Years

This year, Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The Mayor of Solihull councillor Flo Nash and her consort Alan Nash unveiled the commemorative plaque at the newly refurbished Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in Shirley, which has been serving the community for 150 years.

Funeral director Victoria Fallon and her team were joined by reverend Paul Day, who formally re-dedicated the Solihull funeral home along with Father Gerardo Fabrizio and civil celebrant Suzi Lauder, who sang with funeral arranger Kayleigh Hughes.

The branch has been completely revamped, providing a place of comfort and calm for families needing their help. Members of the local community enjoyed refreshments including a cake baked by Victoria Fallon. The service concluded with the release of two doves and prayers in memory of those who have died.
Victoria Fallon said:

“Our first priority was to enhance the memories for all of our families who come into the branch and we are over the moon with how everything has turned out. Everyone commented on the appearance of the branch saying how modern and warm it was.”

The funeral home is now part of Funeral Partners, but two of the former owners Malcolm and Maureen Bragg were among those attending the service.
Funeral Partners’ Area Development Manager, Ian Sommerville, said:

“All the team members at Thomas Bragg & Sons are extremely proud of their extensively refurbished premises. I would like to thank everyone who attended the rededication service. Malcolm Bragg gave a wonderful potted history of the company as it enters its 150th year serving Solihull and its surrounding areas. The work undertaken has ensured we continue to provide the excellent service levels families and their loved ones deserve and to the very highest standards.”

Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors was founded in 1869 as Thomas Bragg, Builders and Funeral Directors of Shirley. Its second branch opened in Knowle in 2008.

Blankets For The Homeless

As winter’s chill bites and Jack Frost well and truly awakes, F Curtis & Son Funeral Directors in Warminster have chosen the charity SHELTER to help with homeless people this winter, especially those sleeping rough on our streets.

Homelessness and the issue of rough sleepers has received a lot of media attention during the last couple of years and the numbers of homeless people and rough sleepers have been highlighted in Warminster and the surrounding areas.  There have been strong opinions expressed by local people at public meetings in support of the plight of those less fortunate than most of us.

Vanessa Fry of F Curtis & Son Funeral Directors said;

“We are determined to do as much as we can to help those who are in real need and have no one else to turn to.  I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to be in a situation where a chain of events have come together resulting in an individual being destitute and at the mercy of the elements.  I was looking out of the window the other day in my snug and warm home watching the world go by. 

I remembered going out recently and donning my warm and comfortable clothes, yet still being taken back by the bitterly cold and biting wind.  It felt as though another beast from the east wanted to wrench every last bit of warmth from the very core of my being.  Then I thought about how lucky most of us are, yes, we can put up with the cold and damp for about 10 or 20 minutes whilst we go out to do some chores, but most of us have got our centrally heated homes and perhaps a roaring fire to return to.  Then my thoughts turned to those for whom the choice of returning to a cosy, loving home and a piping hot drink is not an option.  We are living in one of the world’s richest countries in the 21st century approaching Christmas, a time for giving, sharing and being together, yet there are those who are having to sleep in doorways and under bushes.  I and others find this bizarre that we live in a society today that permits this to happen.  I have to confess that it’s not the easiest of things to get my head around”

“We’ve been thinking about these issues at F Curtis and Son and we’ve decided that we might not be able to change the world overnight, but we can certainly think globally and act locally.  We’ve decided that we’re going to support SHELTER by collecting unwanted clean blankets to help provide some comfort and vital warmth to those who have no real roof over their heads and are exposed to the full force and fury of the bitter cold of winter”

“We know that the people of Warminster and the surrounding area have big hearts – please can you help us to help others”

F Curtis & Sons are opening their doors in Portway to accept any local or postal donations between 9am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday.  Vanessa and the team have also said that they are happy to collect any donations should people not be able to get to their branch.

For more information or if you wish to support the fantastic work that SHELTER does , click here https://england.shelter.org.uk/

 

Time Capsule Helping Future Generations Remember

Future generations will be able to remember the sacrifices of those who died in the conflicts of the 20th century, thanks to a time capsule established to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.

The idea came from Funeral Arranger Jacqui Williams of Abbotsfield Funeral Directors in Hereford, who also wants to allow the next generation to learn from the wisdom of the current ones.

Jacqui initially invited residents of local care homes to share memories and words of wisdom using old-fashioned luggage labels and placing them into an old suitcase.

She is planning to add cuttings from the Hereford Times about the Centenary of the Armistice, coins, a memorial poppy pin badge, other memorabilia and reflections from schoolchildren in Hereford. All the items will be added to a wooden casket which will be housed in the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum, to be re-opened in 50 years.

Jacqui explained:

“Because this year’s Remembrance Sunday is such a significant one, and because of Hereford’s long connections with the military, I wanted to do something different.
“The messages on the labels are being written with thought and love. As well as memories of those who have died, I have asked contributors to write a piece of advice they’d like to have given themselves at the start of their life. We will add other poignant reminders of 2018.”

Rifles County Colonel of Herefordshire and curator of the Light Infantry Museum Andy Taylor OBE DL will take care of the time capsule. He said:

“Initially, we will put the casket on display, with an explanation that it has been deposited for 50 years, and document that it will be opened on the 150th anniversary of the Armistice. It will help people to again remember the First World War on that anniversary.”

Anyone from Herefordshire who would like to contribute a memory or a special item to the time capsule is invited to pop into Abbotsfield Funeral Directors in Monkmoor Street, or contact 01432 356445.

Pictured above are Jacqui Williams and Joanne Gardiner of Abbostfield Funeral Directors in Hereford