Funeral homes in East Anglia mark Carers Week with donations to carers on the frontline

Central England Co-op Funeralcare in Norfolk and Suffolk has taken time while looking after families who have lost loved ones to mark Carers Week by showing appreciation to local care workers.

Senior Funeral Director in Lowestoft Laura Crowley donated boxes of biscuits and delivered them to 16 care homes across the area during Carers Week (June 8-14) to show appreciation for their work on the frontline during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In Kings Lynn, colleagues at Gaywood Funeral Home put together special gifts for care workers at two local care providers – Amberley Hall Care Home and Briar House Care Home.

Meanwhile, Funeral Administrator at Central England Co-op Funeralcare in Kirby Cane, Clare King, took the time to find out the name of each community carer at Beccles-based care provider Caring Forever, so she could make individually named treat bags for them to keep spirits up in these uncertain times.

Laura Crowley said: “We have such close relationships with care homes in our region and know first hand the wonderful work they do caring for their residents all year round, never mind during what has been such a challenging time.

“Therefore, it was a pleasure to mark Carers Week by showing appreciation for what staff there are doing on the frontline with a little token of thanks.

“For carers working in the community it has also been a challenging period, so it was a really nice gesture from Clare to go out of her way to put individual treat bags together for the carers at Caring Forever, which I hope really brought a smile to their faces.”

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