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19th January 2019

Remembering together this Christmas


For more than a decade, the East of England Co-op Funeral Services has brought people together at Christmas to celebrate and remember the lives of loved ones sadly no longer with us.

This year, East of England Co-op Funeral Services in Ipswich will be hosting a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 6th December in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at Ipswich Town Football Club. Guests are welcome from 6.15pm, the concert led by Celebrant Donna Sparrow featuring singing from Andrew Spall and music from the East of England Co-op band will begin at 7pm.

Tanya Carlton-Smith, Funeral Manager at East of England Co-op Funeral Services, explains: “Christmas can be a very difficult time for many people who have lost someone special. This concert will bring the community together at a time when people need support the most, while celebrating the memories of loved ones who are no longer with us.”

On the night guests will also be able to share memories and messages of loved-ones on special memory pebbles. Donations will be raised through collection boxes at the concert and all funds will be shared equally with the East Anglia Children’s Hospices, St Helena Hospices, St Elizabeth’s Hospices, St Nicholas Hospice, Norfolk Tapping House and Farleigh Hospice.

Next year a new memorial of the memory pebbles will be created and a service will be held to celebrate these memories shared of loved ones.
Tanya adds: “Sharing a treasured memory on a pebble is a small thing that can make a big difference, and is just one of the things we do as part of our ongoing support services for bereaved families in the local community.”

The Ipswich Christmas Concert is free but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. To book tickets call 01473 851948 or visit an East of England Co-op Funeral Services branch where colleagues will be able to assist.

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