Despite his busy schedule running the Ivan Fisher Funeral Home in Hingham, Jason Davies always goes the extra mile.
When Jason Davies went on holiday a few weeks ago, local families postponed funeral planning until he returned – not bad for someone hired three years ago with no prior experience.
But offering to take a pint of milk to a widow at 6:30am on a Sunday because she had run out, and couldn’t have a cup of tea when she called to inform him of her husband’s passing, has set the precedent for the service he provides.
Jason explains: “We are British; we need cups of tea in times of shock and sadness.”
It really comes down to his understanding of how crucial it is that grieving families know their loved one is in the hands of someone that cares.
Three years ago, Ivan Fisher - the family-run funeral directors – took a risk and hired Jason Davies to run their new office in the market town of Hingham. Despite his lack of experience he had the passion and dedication required to deliver their 24 hour service. As a child, Jason had said he wanted to be one of two things when he grew up: a vicar or an undertaker.
His success is unsurprising, Jason’s background clearly shows his rapport with people – he has devoted his life to caring for others. He spent 10 years managing a care home for adults with profound learning and physical difficulties in Loddon, before taking a gap year to work at The Church of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich as head verger, where he had a wide pastoral role providing food and support to those in need.
Despite his full time role at Ivan Fisher, Jason still helps at the church. He is responsible for their Christmas pantomime and carol service - which more than 750 people attend. He collects blankets and food for the Salvation Army Arc in Pottergate, as well as independently gathering goods. Helping the homeless is important to Jason; he does all that he can, including taking a homeless man’s washing home. He says: “If I was him, I would hope someone would take my washing home too.”
Jason recently collaborated with the Hethersett branch of Ivan Fisher to arrange an afternoon tea with live music for customers, 85 people attended. Jason says: “It’s important for us to continue to offer support and not just walk away once the funeral ends, especially for those who are now alone. They value the relationship, often we are the last link they have to their loved one.”
To contact Jason at the Hingham branch of Ivan Fisher visit The Old Dairy, 15 Norwich Street, Hingham, Norwich, NR9 4LJ, call on 01953 850330 or email email@example.com