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's Funeral Service 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 home-town; 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 2017/18

The British Heart Foundation

Our new corporate charity for 2017 is The British Heart Foundation, the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Today in the UK, around 515 people will go into hospital with a heart attack. Thankfully, 7 in 10 of these people will survive to return home. In 1961, when the British Heart Foundation began, that would have been unthinkable. In those days, the odds of survival, let alone recovery, from a heart attack were poor.

After half a century of extraordinary scientific and societal progress The British Heart Foundation have helped to transform the landscape of heart disease. But there’s still a long way to go, cardiovascular disease (heart conditions and stroke) kills around one in four of us and takes the lives of more than 100 people under 75 years old every day in the UK.

Their vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease and so they continue the fight through pioneering heart research, vital prevention and survival activity to ensure quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

Fundraising Initiatives

CPR Training

Every year 30,000 people in the UK have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but the survival rate is less than one in ten. British Heart Foundation is on a mission to change that and want to increase the number of people that know how to save a life.

During our partnership there will opportunities for Dignity staff to learn Call Push Rescue (CPR) techniques that may help save a life.

Dignity Sponsored Defibrillators

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation and it is an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

There are already many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airports and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency.

Our partnership with British Heart Foundation enables us to purchase defibrillators to be located at crematoria for use in an emergency.

We are also looking to acquire defibrillators to be located on the exterior of funeral homes in areas where there is a high footfall and towns without existing defibrillators.

Further details about British Heart Foundation and their research projects can be found at www.bhf.org.uk

Charity of the Year 2012/16

Marie Curie

Between 2012-2016 Dignity raised over £300,000 for Marie Curie.

Marie Curie 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.

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.

A young girl at the Children’s Hospices UK

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