Catch up with our latest news

Catch up with our latest news

It's been a busy few months for the team at Hunnaball Family Family Group, and they have all been absolute stars. Here's the latest news about them.

The National Day of Reflection - 23rd March 2021

The National Day of Reflection

The 23rd March 2021 is the first anniversary of the first COVID national lockdown, and it will be marked as a National Day of Reflection.

Our friends at Marie Curie are asking us all to mark the day by doing three very simple things. Reflect, Connect, and Support.

Reflect – At noon on Tuesday 23rd March, observe a minute of silence, wherever you are. Reflect on what has happened in the last year and think about those who have been affected by this awful pandemic. If you are a person of faith, lift a prayer. You might also like to light a candle at 8pm and put it in your window, as a way to share your contemplation with other people.

Connect – Make the time and effort on Tuesday to reach out to someone who you know who is going through bereavement. Let them know that they are not alone. Perhaps you could send flowers or a card. You could simply give them a call and make a connection.

Support – In this time of social distancing, it is hard to show support in a way that is responsible and safe. Marie Curie suggest making a poster to put up in your window, so the people walking by will see a visible symbol of your support. Lighting a candle at 8pm and putting it in the window will also give a visible sign to share with others.

Whatever happens, and whatever your circumstances, we would ask that you join us in finding some way to mark the National Day of Remembrance.

Please join the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group as we remember those who are grieving from the events of the last twelve months. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. And follow the link to Marie Curie and find out more


And the winners are... the whole team!

And the winners are... the whole team!

Hunnaball staff awards 2021

Usually, during the Spring, the staff and directors of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group (or the Hunnaball work family, as we've come to call them) gather together for a celebration of the work and achievements of the previous year. It's an opportunity for all of us to eat, laugh, have a bit of fun. We also present awards to members of the team and celebrate their achievements... and we love it.

Even Funeral Directors need to relax and it's is one of the highlights of our year.

But this year, COVID has ruined that too.

2020 was a year when all of the Hunnaball work family worked harder than ever, under more restrictions than ever, and with more challenges than ever... and we can't even celebrate their contributions.

They have all been amazing. The first responders, office staff, arrangers, funeral directors, area managers, stonemasons, memorial fitters, maintenance staff, embalmers, company directors, and everyone else in the Hunnaball work family... All of them have done an incredible job, under very difficult circumstances, to serve their clients with the same diligence, care and attention to detail as they always have.

So, this year, the award for Outstanding Contribution goes to... all of them.

There's no way we can pick out any individual this year, because every single member of the team has gone way above and beyond anything we might expect from them. Thank you!

And so, because we couldn't gather for a meal, we used the budget for the party to buy each member of staff a special Spring Hamper of goodies from The Wine Centre in Great Hawksley. It's not quite a meal, but it is something out of the ordinary as a heartfelt thanks for them to share with their families and loved ones.

Let's hope that 2021 carries on improving, and that next year we will be able to gather together once more, in person, to eat, drink and celebrate one another's contributions.

Our Witham team spreads a little sunshine

Our Witham team spreads a little sunshine

Due to the pandemic, it’s been frustrating for our teams not to be able to have our usual open-door policy to greet clients and former clients who have become friends. So many become regular supporters of 'Name a Star' and 'Light a Candle', and it has been sad not to be able to stay in touch more regularly and in person. Our Witham team have really taken this to heart and set about thinking what they could do, both to let the local community know that we’re thinking of them, and to show appreciation for those looking after some of our more vulnerable citizens.

So, it was with great pleasure recently, that our Area Manager, Bonnie Beck, and Funeral Arranger and Group Funeral Plan Coordinator, Sarah Dewey, delivered some much-needed good cheer, from our Witham branch office to the staff at Park View Care Home. Bonnie and Sarah put together some very thoughtful wellbeing bags, full of items to help these caring heroes to de-stress and relax after work.

The ladies delivered bath bombs, shower gels, make-up remover pads and other small pampering treats to the Park View team, who do so much to care for their residents at the best of times, and have gone way beyond the extra mile during this difficult COVID-19 season.

The team at Park View were delighted with this lovely and unexpected gesture of support when Bonnie and Sarah went along to deliver their goody bags, observing safe distancing carefully throughout their brief visit.

Bonnie and Sarah have more plans to spread a little happiness, devising treats and puzzles, to let local care home residents know that we are thinking of them, and to keep them intellectually occupied for a while! We’re hoping that they will be able to deliver these shortly, and that it will turn out to be a pilot project that can reach out further.

Our Witham team can be found at Old Bank House, 95 Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 1YZ.
You can call them on 01376 511592.