On Friday 8th December, Daisy’s Dream were invited to speak at the annual Memorial Carol Service at West Berkshire Crematorium. As a local charity supporting children and young people facing and following bereavement, they have been beneficiaries of the retiring collection at the service in previous years and had also received the proceeds from the crematorium’s recycled metals scheme.

Last year, the charity received a donation of just over £3,000, however this year the crematorium had a big surprise in store. Chapel Attendant Mickey Maudsley was delighted to announce to those in attendance that this year the donation to Daisy’s Dream would be £9,810.74.

Speaking after the event, Mickey said: “It was really important to us that the families at the service were able to see us make this donation. We wanted to acknowledge that, in some small way, their loss had gone on to help others. As staff at the crematorium, we see first-hand how important Daisy’s Dream’s work is with children and young people that have been bereaved, and we are delighted that we have been able to support them again this year.” 

Brandon Herselman, manager and registrar at the crematorium added: “The demand for Daisy’s Dream’s services increases year on year, so it was an easy decision to support them again in 2017. We know that families from all across West Berkshire will benefit from this donation and we are very happy to have been able to help.”

Gemma Gittins from Daisy’s Dream was there on the night to accept the cheque. She said “A donation such as this makes such a massive difference to us; it is enough for us to support around 20 families across West Berkshire for a whole year.

“Being there, amongst the families who had chosen to participate in the scheme, was a huge honour and a very humbling experience. It was lovely to speak to so many people who, not only understood the positive impact of what we do, but were such great supporters of our work.”

The retiring collection from the carol service was an additional £341.36, bringing the total donation to £10,152.10.