Memorial Service Donations Presented To Local Charity
Derby and Ashbourne family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son Ltd have presented a cheque for £1,322 to The Laura Centre Derby who help local families when a child dies or is bereaved.
The money was raised through donations made by those who attended a special Service of Thanksgiving and Hope at Derby Cathedral, organised by Wathall’s.
Wathall’s have supported The Laura Centre for the past three years – raising more than £30,000 to help the charity move into premises in Vernon Street where they provide counselling and bereavement services for local families.
Senior Counsellor Chris Dilley explained that the latest donation would go towards the charity’s bid to expand its counselling team and opening hours.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of G Wathall & Son. Without them, we would not be where we are now.
“This money will help us in our plans to expand our counselling team which is vital to help more families and, in the short term to tackle the current waiting list of eight bereaved adults and a further eight children and young people who have recently lost a relative.”
G Wathall & Son Managing Director Helen Wathall added: “I know from personal experience just what a high quality and much needed service The Laura Centre provides.
“I am very grateful to the 700 people who attended the service recently for their generosity in donating to this very worthwhile cause.
“Team Wathall are currently planning further fund raising for The Laura Centre to help them achieve their goal of opening five days a week.”
Ms Wathall continued that the association with The Laura Centre was part of the inspiration for the firm setting up the Derby Dandelions bereavement support group.
The group meets on the last Tuesday of every month at the Cathedral Café in Iron Gate in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter between 2pm and 4pm.