Building strong links with the communities in which we operate through local engagement and charitable giving enhance our reputation and enable us to give something back to the local communities we serve.

Helping people at one of the most difficult times in their lives is our core social purpose and contributing to the communities in which we operate benefits both local people and our business. It helps to promote awareness of our brand and values, enhances our reputation, promotes employee engagement and attracts new clients to our business. Making a meaningful difference to the local communities we serve remains a key quality of our business.

Our people continue to build strong links through engagement with local initiatives and fundraising for charities and support many events every year.

Case study: British Heart Foundation

In 2018, Dignity raised £218,000 for its corporate charity, British Heart Foundation and has raised £448,000 since January 2017. Fundraising initiatives include sponsored walks, marathons and skydives; selling lapel badges; football events, raffles, carol services and numerous cake sales and coffee mornings. Dignity also gave clients the option to make a charitable donation when adding a message of remembrance to our Memorial Christmas Trees.

Case study: Scottish War Poets Memorial

In November, Dignity donated a memorial dedicated to Scottish War Poets that is now located outside the Writers Museum in Edinburgh. It is the first free standing dedication that honours those Scots that served in World War 1 and were driven to put into words their thoughts and feelings about the horrors they experienced. The memorial design is based an original idea by Dignity and developed with staff from Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities and the Scottish Poets Library. It takes its theme from the well-known phrase 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and carries the inscription: 'Their words touched us more than conflict could hurt us'.

Case study: Remembering a local war hero

Staff at Sankey & Monks in Leigh, Greater Manchester, restored the grave of local war hero, Alfred Wilkinson on the 100th anniversary of him receiving the Victoria Cross. During World War 1, Alfred Wilkinson, volunteered to deliver a message from his battalion to allies in another trench 600 yards away despite having previously witnessed four soldiers killed by heavy machine gun fire attempting this mission. Our funeral director also gave a series of presentations to school children to raise awareness of his bravery and explain why we should remember him and others that gave their lives serving our country.

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