Family of Burton man honour his legacy by supporting charity aimed at helping those with dementia

The family of a man who passed away following a battle with dementia hope to honour his memory by supporting a scheme that raises money to help others living with his condition.

Fay Pauley helped present a cheque worth £5,000 to Dementia UK after contributing hundreds of pounds to the charity after her husband David’s funeral at Bretby Crematorium.

This latest donation now means that the South Derbyshire crematorium has now raised over £20,000 in 2018 for Central England Co-op’s corporate charity through a national scheme which, with the knowledge and permission from members of a deceased person's family, recycles metals left over once a cremation has taken place.

Fay, who lives in Burton and was married to David for over 50 years, said: “Being able to raise this money has allowed us to create a great legacy for David, a legacy that will allow others like him to receive the vital support they and their families need.

“David was 78 when he died and he had lived with vascular dementia since he suffered a stroke at the age of 62.

“At first we did not know a lot about dementia, but we soon learned a lot more. We started to really notice when he would either not leave my side or start to wander off and nobody would know where he had gone.

“He eventually went in for respite care in Bretby, then Stafford before settling at Trent Court Care Home in Burton. He loved it there and he was treated so well.
“Dementia is a heartbreaking condition that you can never prepare for. This is why it is so important that we fund good causes like Dementia UK and not be afraid to support schemes like this.”

The funds will be used to help provide specialist support to families affected by dementia through the charity’s Admiral Nurse service and Dementia Helpline.

Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families and offer one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions so they can face dementia with more confidence and less fear.

The Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is available on 0800 888 6678 to anyone with queries or concerns about dementia. It is staffed entirely by Admiral Nurses, to ensure those with dementia and those caring for them get the best possible care and advice.

Nick French, Crematorium Manager, said: “We cannot thank Fay enough for sharing her story and allowing us to help ensure that a gentleman like David is part of a scheme that will help create a legacy that will help many others for years to come.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the families who have agreed to be part of this scheme as without their generosity we would not be able to make such a difference for people in Burton and South Derbyshire living with dementia.”

So far, the partnership between Central England Co-op and Dementia UK has seen over £800,000 raised and donated to the charity.


Notes to editors

Picture caption: Bretby Crematorium Manager Nick French with Fay Pauly with the donation of £5,000 for Dementia UK.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, 9 florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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