A brass band, balloons and cakes are not what you would usually expect to find at a Funeral Directors, but that is what Ashford shoppers were treated to when they passed Lodge Brothers last Saturday 21st September.
The seventh-generation family-owned funeral directors held a charity fundraiser in aide of Princess Alice Hospice as part of its community project initiative.Branch Funeral Arrangers Sandra Nuttall and Sue Pursey organised the event in support of this worthy cause as so many clients and their families are connected with the hospice.
The event was held at Lodge Brothers on Church Road, Ashford, and was accompanied by the Egham Brass Band who played outside. Visitors to the branch were greeted with balloons, tea, cakes and refreshments and were able to take part in a raffle.
Lodge Brothers Director Beverley Lodge and Ashford Branch Manager Richard Leachman visited the Hospice this week to present a cheque for the £350 proceeds raised on the day.
Richard explained, “It was a tremendous opportunity to reach into our community and raise funds for a fantastic local charity. The day went really well and we are always pleased to be able to support Princess Alice Hospice.”
Tim Green, Community Fundraiser at Princess Alice Hospice, said: “We are really grateful for the support of Lodge Brothers. We rely on our local community to help us raise 76% of the £8million we need every year to provide our services free of charge. Last year, individuals and groups raised more than £200,000 from community fundraisers like this and so they really add up and can make a big difference.”