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Nene Valley Crematorium Team presented with Northamptonshire’s Rose Award

Published Wednesday, 24 February 2021

The Borough Council of Wellingborough’s crematorium team has received Northamptonshire’s Rose Award for services to coronavirus.

To recognise and celebrate the contributions of those who live or work in Northamptonshire, The Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council have jointly launched an ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Northamptonshire’ initiative. This scheme acknowledges the county’s ‘unsung heroes’ response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

For the team at Nene Valley Crematorium, the award is in recognition of the team’s contribution, consisting of: the manager’s leadership in creating an ethos to remain bereavement-led in delivering tailored funerals, balancing keeping communities together, and those most at risk, safe; the team’s flexibility to work when required to enable meaningful funerals to happen, and their overall determination that they have shown when faced with the unprecedented threat from the coronavirus outbreak is celebrated with this award. 

The Borough Council of Wellingborough’s Leader, Councillor Martin Griffiths, said: “This is good news, tempered only by the very sad situation with this awful pandemic that is having such a horrible impact on the families of the borough and county. Giving support to bereaved families and showing compassion in these difficult times is so important and the team should all be very proud of their efforts and that their commitment has now been recognised with this award”.

On Friday 29 January, in recognition of the team’s contribution, the manager of the crematorium, Tracy Lawrence was presented with the award, on behalf of the people of Northamptonshire by The Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, James Saunders Watson.

Manager at the crematorium, Tracy Lawrence, said: “We are beyond delighted and very honoured to receive this prestigious award. We convey our appreciation to the councillors and officers at the borough council of Wellingborough for their continued support, with a vote of thanks to those who launched the initiative - and to the people of Northamptonshire. Those who we will continue to serve in providing meaningful funerals and associated services for – always from a bereavement-led and risk-based approach, so that goodbyes to loved ones, despite the pandemic, are kept as normal, as normal can be, which we believe sets us apart from other crematoria during the recent challenging times”.

Chairman for the Board of Directors at Nene Valley Crematorium, Councillor Paul Bell, added: “Congratulations to all team members for their hard work in getting this award - it makes me very proud to be part of this great team and the good service they all provide to clients and families that come to use the facilities”.

For more information visit: www.nenevalleycrematorium.co.uk