Daren Persson Funeral Services, North Tyneside, was awarded “The most supportive director award” at Darcy’s Dream Ball and Awards, organised by the charity supporting families dealing with the loss of a child.
70 funeral directors were nominated for the award by bereaved families across the country, which was shortlisted to six by a panel of judges.
Daren Persson then took joint gold for going “above and beyond what’s expected of a funeral director.” Funeral administrator at Darren Person, Suzanne Bremner, said: “We are very humbled and honoured that the families who nominated us took the time to do this during such a sad time in their lives.”
“All staff across the Daren Persson branches show incredible dedication to their roles and they work very hard to ensure they support families 24/7, offering as much support as they need.”
Petra Williams, founder of Darcey’s Dream, added: “The families that nominated Daren Persson told judges the branch would do anything they could for a family.
“Families felt like they had a friend for life, as Daren Persson checked in with them after the funeral on a regular basis.”
Bremner presented a cheque for £1,150 to Darcey’s Dream, which was raised by inviting locals to shave her hair off outside the Wallsend branch.
Bremner continued: “It was a small price to pay for such a well-deserving local charity as Darcey’s Dream, that supports so many bereaved families and siblings, as my hair will grow back.”
Williams added: “We’re so honoured that Daren Persson chose to support us and I think the amount raised is incredible.
“No parent should ever have to plan a funeral for their child. In those darkest and hardest times, Daren Persson Funeral Services are a ray of hope and hold parents’ hands every step of the way.”