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Child funeral fees scrapped by Welsh Government

The Welsh Government have announced plans to scrap fees for children’s funerals. This follows a campaign led by Carolyn Harris MP who lost her own young son and found she was unable to afford to bury him. Carolyn was working as a dinner lady and barmaid when her eight year old Son Martin ...

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Memoria expands with NatWest funding


Crematorium operator, Memoria Ltd, has secured £20m of support from NatWest to fund its rapid expansion programme. The company currently operates eight crematoria across England and Wales; from Cardiff and Glamorgan in the west, to Waveney, Suffolk, in the east. Five of these have been opened since the beginning of ...

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Charity develops free smartphone app


Charity MBCOL has found an innovative new way to provide vital information and alerts on funerals within the Muslim community in Leicester and Leicestershire. Building on the success of the MBCOL SMS funeral alert system, MBCOL has developed and launched an app which is now available to download via Apple’s ...

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End of life drama wins national award

End of Life Care, Palliative

End of Life drama Homeward Bound won the Partnership Working award at the Patient Experience Network National Awards on March 21. Homeward Bound was written by Brian Daniels, and was commissioned in 2016 by the National Council for Palliative Care. The play and its accompanying learning materials have been supported by Pancreatic ...

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Funeral director wins Best Family Business award

Biz4Biz, the organisation that provides a coherent voice for businesses in Hertfordshire has announced the winners of the biz4Biz Awards 2017.  Funeral directors JJ Burgess & Sons were named ‘Best Family Business’. The award, which is sponsored by Richmond House Financial Services Limited, recognises a commercial organisation in which decision-making is influenced by ...

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Car smashed into funeral directors

A car has smashed into the front of a Hertfordshire independent funeral home. The driver was taken to hospital after a grey Ford Fiesta went through the window at JJ Burgess & Sons in Codicote. The male driver was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but a female passenger was unhurt, ...

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House of Lords checks progress of end of life care commitment

A debate on Tuesday 14 March in the House of Lords will explore whether the 2016 National Commitment for End of Life Care is being implemented. Baroness Ilora Finlay, will use the Questions for Short Debate (QSD) procedure to: “ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that Clinical ...

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Biggest leap in child pathology for 100 years

Minimally invasive postmortem examinations for children have made the biggest leap in pathology, following charity-funded research in Sheffield. A study, funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity, has found keyhole access autopsy with MRI scanning is as effective at finding answers after a sudden or unexplained death as conventional methods. Dr ...

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Budget announced: Self employed face insurance hike

Self employed workers will face an increase in National Insurance contributions, the Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced. ‘The self-employed were the biggest losers’, according to IPSE, an organisation representing self-employed and professional freelancers and contractors. There will be a 2 percent increase for self-empoloyed National Insurance Contributions by 2018, and the ...

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