The Golden Hind, 470 Nacton Road, Ipswich IP3 9NF
This month marks the end of an era – Sue Hall’s last meeting as Network Leader of WiRE South Suffolk! Seven years ago, to the month and during her first year in business, she launched this branch but as with most things, it is time for change, new challenges and for her to move on. The reins will be passed to three lovely ladies, all founder members of the Suffolk branch, Lynn Turner, Helen Oldfield and Jane O’Riordan. Under their stewardship, expect great things to happen! As for Sue, she will bring cake tonight!
So tonight, on the subject of the end of an era, death. Like paying taxes as they say, it is inevitable and we invite two ladies in the business to speak on this difficult subject.
Sarah Waterson, Community Relations Manager of the independent Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Laying the myths to rest’, which will include the role of the funeral director and the wide options that are open to families, when organising a funeral. Hunnaball also has a ladies’ division Ladies in Hats which we look forward to learning more about.
Trevor Hunnaball says “We are a family business dedicated to upholding the traditional values of respect and dignity, and to providing the very best of care for bereaved families.”
Secondly, the charity which WiRE SS chose to support this year is Cruse Bereavement Care Suffolk. Stevie Smith, a Yorkshire lass who has been in Ipswich since 1984, will share some insights with us. She has been involved with voluntary work most of her life and has been a volunteer with Cruse for about 7 years. She answers calls on the local helpline, and, as a trained bereavement support volunteer (like our very own Jane O’Riordan), sees her own clients.
Expect this evening to be one filled with information, inspiration, empathy, humour, understanding, compassion, perhaps some tears and laughter and most definitely, some thought-provoking moments.