We provide advice and practical help for staff who want to get involved locally and play a real part in the communities they serve.
Giving something back
Our staff are very proactive in their local communities, helping with local and national fundraising events and donating their time to help good causes and charities.
We run and take part in hundreds of events nationwide supporting a wide variety of local and national charities. Big or small, our community activities capture the imagination. For example, our funeral directors in Surrey and Berkshire offer the use of their minibus to provide transport for local community groups and care homes; Mason and Gerald Martin in Hartlepool donated a memorial to eight soldiers who had been killed in the Second World War and buried in France so that their families could pay their respects in their hometown; across the country staff have collected toys, books and Easter eggs to donate to schools, hospitals and hospices for children and many intrepid staff have taken part in sponsored treks by bike and on foot.
Through these activities and more our staff have been able to raise thousands of pounds for charities in their local communities.
Charity of the Year 2012/13
Marie Curie Cancer Care
In 2012 Dignity raised £42,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and will continue to support this charity in 2013.
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high-quality nursing, totally free, to give people with terminal cancer and other illnesses the choice of dying at home supported by their families.
In 2010, Marie Curie cared for over 30,000 patients, across the whole of the UK. It costs just £20 to provide one hour of nursing care so your help can make a big difference.
There are nine Marie Curie hospices across the UK, located in; Belfast, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hampstead London, Liverpool, Penarth and Solihull.
Each Dignity branch and crematoria has been linked with their local fund raising office so that the money you raise will help to care for cancer patients in their community.
"I am delighted that we are supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care as our new corporate charity," said Dignity Chief Executive, Mike McCollum. "This is a great opportunity for Dignity funeral homes and crematoria to help raise funds for a national charity that makes a real difference at a local level."
"We are overjoyed that Dignity has chosen Marie Curie Cancer Care as its official corporate charity for 2012," said Marie Curie fundraising director, Fabian French. "On behalf of everyone at Marie Curie Cancer Care, I would like to thank Dignity employees in advance for their support over the year. We are confident that this partnership will be a great success. Marie Curie Nurses have worked with Dignity employees across the country in the past, so we are excited to now be able to build on this to raise money for the charity. This partnership will help ensure that more people with a terminal illness receive the right care at the right time in the place of their choice and Dignity staff will play a huge role in this."
Charity of the Year 2010/11
Dignity raises £108k for children’s hospices
Dignity funeral homes and crematoria around the UK have raised £108,000 for their staff elected charity, Children's Hospices UK, during the past 12 months.
Children’s Hospices UK is the national charity that gives voice and support to all children’s hospice services. Hospices provide care for approximately 20,000 children each year and the charity supports 41 children’s hospices nationwide.
Dignity employees chose to support this worthy cause for 2010/11 with over 1,000 members of staff taking part in the decision making process. There were many fund raising initiatives held during the year including tea parties, car washes, raffles, sponsored walks and golf tournaments. Some of Dignity’s athletic employees chose to raise funds by taking part in sponsored parachute jumps, cycling events and marathons. At Christmas Dignity chose not to send Christmas Cards but instead donate the money that would have been spent on cards to the charity, an initiative that raised £2,500.
Dignity’s clients were also very generous when it came to supporting the charity. Those attending Services of Remembrance and placing messages on Memorial Christmas Trees within Dignity’s branches boosted the funds with over £7,800 being raised in the North West of England alone.
The company directors and senior managers were also very eager to support the charity. Operations Director, Andrew Davies and friends, raised £2,000 for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice by cycling the 55 miles between Brecon and Cardiff Bay, a route known as the Taff Trail. Anthony Driver, Regional Manager for South London also took part in the charity’s Big Boss Ride and raised over £750. This was a two-day challenge where directors and executives from companies that support Children’s Hospices UK cycled from the oldest hospice in Oxford to the newest in South East London.
Charity of the Year 2009
Help the Hospices
The majority of charities we work with are chosen at a local level by staff. However, during the successful Dignity Tsunami Appeal in 2006, our staff demonstrated a willingness to work together for a common cause in addition to their other charitable activities.
In 2009 staff voted to support Help the Hospices, aiming to raise £25,000 for hospices across the country, with branches working alongside local hospices to raise much-needed funds in support of their community.