The St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart Trail has begun! Read on to find details of Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors’ special offer to participants
Having begun in Horsham in 1855, Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors now has branches in Billingshurst, Crawley and Hurstpierpoint. 2019 is a significant year for our Crawley branch, as it marks ten years since the branch opened. With the anniversary taking place in November, the company has decided to celebrate by highlighting support for a variety of local charities and community groups.
When Community Co-Ordinator, Becky, heard about the St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart event taking place during this special year, she knew that it was a great opportunity to engage further with a cause which the company has been linked with for many years.
‘The process of choosing our heart and the anticipation leading up to the event has been so exciting – keeping quiet has been hard!’ Becky says. ‘It’s great to see the trail finally launch, and it’s going to be a brilliant summer with all of the extra activities the hospice and we have planned.’
Those who visit the Freeman Brothers heart in the Walled Garden in Tilgate Park are invited to then make their way to the Freeman Brothers branch on Brighton Road in Southgate, in order to support another important cause in exchange for a free gift from the company!
When researching ideas for the branch’s tenth anniversary, Becky learned that tenth anniversary gifts are represented by tin, and this has become a theme the team are weaving through their activities. Vicky, who works in the Crawley branch of Freeman Brothers, has been volunteering with Giving Back Crawley for several months, and finds her role highly rewarding. The charity are always in need of donations and support, so Freeman Brothers would like to invite members of the public to bring as many tins of food as possible – for advice on the most suitable donations, Becky spoke to Sean Towers, Trustee and Honorary Chairman of Giving Back Crawley.
‘The most useful tins are those with a ring-pull opening that can be eaten cold,’ Sean told us. ‘For example, tinned fruit is particularly good, if you are able to find ones with a ring-pull. All items are gratefully received, as the majority of our service users have limited or no access to cooking equipment, so something they can eat straight from the tin is ideal. We will make use of anything which is donated, but these items allow the most flexibility.’
Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors will store the donated tins and pass them on to Giving Back Crawley. When tins are donated, the company will exchange tins for a goodie bag from the company (one goodie bag will be given per household which makes a donation), as a thank you to the public for their help with this campaign. For those wishing to donate and receive a goodie bag, the opening hours of our Crawley office are 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday, however if you would like to contact the branch in advance, you can email us or call us on 01293 540000.
The team will be blogging regularly with updates about the Heart to Heart campaign, so check the page for more news soon!
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