Burnley funeral director shortlisted for Butterfly Awards

Burnley-based Co-op funeral director, Annabel Davies, 28, has been shortlisted for Best Bereavement Worker in the UK for the second year running.  

After personally suffering a pregnancy loss of her own, Davies returned to work to support families going through similarly distressing circumstances.

Upon her return to work as a funeral director, she “sought ways to go above and beyond to support bereaved parents living in the area.”

Davies campaigned for local councils to offer free cremation services for infants, she also set up a support group for grieving parents and created a library of books, information packs and keepsakes.

She has also has collected two cuddle cots, along with various sized Moses baskets and cribs, to allow parents to have additional and often essential time with their baby.

Working with neonatal departments from across the region, she has also encouraged members of the public to donate knitted items of clothing for babies in special care units. Resulting in seven hospitals and neonatal ward in Uganda receiving donations.

The Butterfly Awards, now in its sixth year, recognises professionals working across a broad range of industries for the work they do supporting families through the loss of their baby. The awards also recognise families for the strength and courage they show during a bereavement.

Davies commented: “I am truly touched and honoured to have been nominated for such a meaningful award again. 

“As funeral directors, we’re here to support people who are going through a heart-breaking time. The Butterfly Awards are an important step to make people aware of the support available for people going through the loss of a child.”

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