Proud moments for SAIF member

Whitehouse service

Whitehouse Funeral Service ended 2019 by hosting their first Christmas Service of Remembrance.

Representatives from the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and from the Celebrant Society all gathered to deliver a poignant and moving service to reflect on the wonderful lives the staff have helped celebrate, pay tribute to and say farewell to during the year. The service included the lighting of a remembrance candle and the singing of Christmas carols, before enjoying refreshments.

The response from families made all of the hard work and organisation worth it for the Whitehouse staff, with many attendees asking to be notified of future services. Donations at the service – along with a tree of remembrance in Whitehouse’s office – raised £573.38 for Darlington Town Mission, a local charity aiming to prevent isolation and loneliness in the elderly.

The new year commenced with a day the Whitehouse Funeral Service say they will never forget as the company worked alongside Durham Constabulary to conduct the funeral of a well-loved and respected local gentleman Ron Hogg CBE, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington. Ron, who was 68, passed away late last year in St. Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, following his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

His family was joined by hundreds of colleagues, friends and well-wishers as they said farewell to the father-of-two at a poignant service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral.

Ron made his final journey from his home in Newton Aycliffe to Palace Green, in Durham, with a motorcycle escort before being led to the cathedral by four Northumbria Police horses. The sound of Ron’s beloved bagpipes rang out around Palace Green as he was carried into the cathedral on the shoulders of his police officer colleagues.

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