Funeral home gives £2,000 to hospice

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Staff from a Heanor funeral firm have donated £2,000 to a children’s hospice after encouraging people to remember loved ones.

Gillotts Funeral Service donated cash to the Rainbows Hospice following its annual memorial Christmas tree campaign in December.

The campaign saw the company invite customers to drop by and leave a message of remembrance on a label, which was then hung on the funeral home’s tree in return for a £1 donation.

Joanne Hutsby, a partner in the business, said: “Once again we had a tremendous response to our remembrance Christmas tree scheme and we are delighted to be able to present the proceeds to Rainbows.

“The hospice plays an extremely important role in looking after young people from across the East Midlands and it is an extremely worthy cause”.

The cheque was received on behalf of the charity by Maggie Deere, community fundraiser for Rainbows.

Ms Deere said: “We would like to thank Gillotts Funeral Service for their generous donation to Rainbows.

“Without the support of our fundraisers, we simply wouldn’t be able to open our doors and provide care and support to the hundreds of children, young people and their families from across the East Midlands.”

It was the eighth time that the funeral home, which also made a separate donation to take the total up to £2,000, have run the Christmas tree scheme.