Meet Jason

De­spite his busy sched­ule run­ning the Ivan Fisher Fu­neral Home in Hing­ham, Jason Davies al­ways goes the ex­tra mile.

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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 hing­ham@ivan­fish­er­fu­ner­

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