Grow­ing town is ideal for new ven­ture

FU­NERAL SER­VICE: Cou­ple plan to of­fer a per­sonal touch

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

ASH­FORD is the place to be for busi­ness, a cou­ple have de­cided.

Af­ter ex­ten­sive mar­ket re­search, Tom and Karen Gray, from Sus­sex, iden­ti­fied the growth area as the place to launch their first busi­ness ven­ture and have now opened Thomas Gray Fu­neral Ser­vices in New Street.

Mr Gray, 40, spent a decade in the Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice re­spond­ing to many dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Loved ones

Part of his du­ties while serv­ing in con­flicts in Bos­nia, North­ern Ire­land and other trou­bled ar­eas of the world was to li­aise with au­thor­i­ties and griev­ing fam­i­lies af­ter the death of loved ones.

This ex­pe­ri­ence proved ben­e­fi­cial to his ca­reer work­ing for fu­neral com­pa­nies in Sus­sex, which started as a job and be­came a vo­ca­tion.

Now with his wife Karen he is go­ing it alone.

He said: “We of­fer a per­sonal touch as death can be tragic and fright­en­ing.

“One of us will be avail­able 24 hours a day to give ad­vice un­like larger com­pa­nies where the per­son you talk to may not be in the same town or county”.

Karen, who has spent the past 25 years in se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive, sec­re­tar­ial and ac­count­ing roles, has the key role as the first point of con­tact for guid­ance fol­low­ing the pass­ing of a loved one.

She said: “The town is set to grow sub­stan­tially over the next 30 years and the de­mand for our ser­vices will grow with it”.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1551526

Tom and Karen Gray who have just set up a new fu­neral ser­vice busi­ness

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