Forth Valley funeral director's annual memorial service raised charity cash after going online

A Forth Valley funeral director has raised thousands for charity after it switched its annual memorial service online during Covid.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Alistair Cuthell

Thomas Cuthell & Sons collected £2,000 for food banks through its remembrance event which was streamed on its website in January due to Coronavirus restrictions.

A total of £1,000 in donations was received with the total matched by Thomas Cuthell & Sons.

The service, which has been running for eight years, is held at Thomas Cuthell & Sons' Grangemouth offices and saw stars with messages written by the recently bereaved placed on a large tree in the former church.

People taking part in the service were also encouraged to donate through a JustGiving page with the money raised given to Bo'ness Storehouse Foodbank, Falkirk Foodbank and the St Vincent de Paul food bank in Denny.

Director Alistair Cuthell said: "We were quite overwhelmed with the response this year especially as we have to change the format to being completely online.

"We pre-recorded a forty minute service that people could watch on our website. We had a harpist and the stars were placed on the tree by our director Paul Cuthell.

"We weren't sure how it would work as we had to change the format but it worked very well."

Alistair said that donations were up on previous years and the online service had been well received by those who had recently lost a loved one.

He said: "The service helps people know that they are not alone in going through the bereavement process and be part of a shared process in terms of going through difficult times."

The service can still be viewed online at the Thomas Cuthell & Sons website under the news section.

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