Cash for bereavement service

A SERVICE which helps grieving people in their darkest hour has been given a cash boost.

The Hartlepool Bereavement Service was presented with a donation of £141.62 by bosses at the town’s Co-operative Funeralcare service, based at Strathmore House.

The money was raised through a carol service at Christmas at the funeral home’s chapel and from people giving a donation to place a bauble on the remembrance tree in the front lounge of Strathmore House, in Stockton Road.

The funeral home has close links with the service and funeral service manager Robin Hardy is on its management committee.

The voluntary bereavement service, based in Park Road, is run by Linda Parker, with Michelle Hall as administrator and a number of volunteers.

It offers practical and emotional support to those who have lost a loved one.

Mr Hardy said: “The bereavement service is a fairly new charity and is only in its second year, so needs all the funds it can get.

“It helps any bereaved member of the family, not just partners or spouses.

“I think it’s a very worthwhile cause and needs people’s support to remain sustainable.”

Linda Parker, bereavement officer with Hartlepool Bereavement Service, said: “We are a charitable trust so any donations really help us to continue with the service.

“As well as a free service for bereaved people we also run a social group once a month.

“In the times we are in at the moment, with services being cut back left, right and centre, any funds that we can get are very much appreciated.

“It is nice to know that funeral directors such as Mr Hardy are supporting our service and raising awareness that there is a service here in Hartlepool for bereaved people.”

The bereavement service can be contacted on (01429) 244689.