Local funeral directors Peter Johnson Funerals have been supporting our Hospice for almost 10 years. This week, we popped by their branch is Whitleas Way, South Shields, to be presented with a cheque following some recent fundraising.
Peter Johnson Funerals have been involved in a number of our fundraising events over the years, including a from a zip slide and our Rainbow Dash fun run, as well as hosting an annual memorial service each winter in support of the Hospice.
The company has continued to support the Hospice following the death of their much loved colleague Dave in October 2016, who was cared for at St Clare’s in the final weeks of his life.
Most recently, Peter Johnson Funerals held a memorial service in November 2017 and hosted memory trees in their four branches during the festive season, offering the local community an opportunity to come together to remember their loved ones.
Their recent service raised £787 for the Hospice, bringing their fundraising total to an amazing £5,880 for St Clare's across their four of branches.
Lee Harkus, Business Manager at Peter Johnson Funerals told us:
“Peter Johnson Funerals have a personal connection with St Clare’s Hospice and it is a local charity that we all hold very dear to our hearts. Our colleague Dave was cared for at St Clare’s before he sadly passed away. Another of our colleagues, who has thankfully been given the all clear from cancer, has recently benefited from the services offered at the Hospice.
“Many of our staff members have family or friends who have been affected by life-limiting illnesses and have visited St Clare’s Hospice. It’s something that affects all of us, that’s what sets St Clare’s apart.
“We’ve been holding our annual memorial services for 10 years, many of which have been in support of St Clare’s. The response we get from the local community is huge and the services in aid of the Hospice are always well attended. The services offer the families we support an opportunity to come together at a time when remembering those we’ve lost is very much in people’s minds. This year, over 580 people attended the service, coming together with other families who are going through the same things, regardless of faith or belief.”
We are incredibly grateful for the continued support we have received from Peter Johnson Funerals over the years and would like to say a huge thank you to all colleagues at Peter Johnson Funerals, who have come together to raise funds for us!
We need to raise £1.7million in voluntary donations each year and we rely on the generous support of local businesses like Peter Johnson Funerals to ensure that we can continue providing care and support to people affected by life-limiting illnesses in the South of Tyne.