‘Fu­neral award’ run­ner up hon­our

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A CLAYGATE woman was se­lected from hun­dreds of nom­i­nees to go through to the fi­nal stages of this year’s “Death Os­cars”.

The an­nual Good Fu­neral Awards cer­e­mony took place on Septem­ber 7 at the Porch­ester Hall in Lon­don.

Emma Cur­tis, who of­fers non-re­li­gious fu­ner­als to be­reaved fam­i­lies, was run­nerup in the cat­e­gory of Min­is­ter of the Year.

Now in its sixth year, the awards recog­nise “ex­cel­lence” in the world of fu­ner­als, re­ward­ing the best fu­neral di­rec­tors and other re­lated ser­vices.

Mrs Cur­tis said: “It is such an hon­our to be run­ner up for this award.

“It is great to be recog­nised along­side tra­di­tional min­is­ters who are do­ing a bril­liant job.

“But it is also im­por­tant for peo­ple to know that they can be sup­ported at their time of need in a way that fits their own be­liefs.

“You can have the unique cer­e­mony you want and need to say good­bye, plus the holis­tic sup­port to get through it.”

Even though Mrs Cur­tis didn’t take the award home, Fran Hall, CEO of The Good Fu­neral Guide, said she “demon­strated out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism, em­pa­thy and a will­ing­ness to go the ex­tra mile”.

Other in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies in Sur­rey were nom­i­nated for the un­usual awards, in­clud­ing Rocket Ca­ter­ing.

The ca­ter­ing com­pany won the UK Na­tional Fu­neral Caterer of the Year prize.

Me­lanie Hur­ley, busi­ness owner, said: “We are truly de­lighted with this recog­ni­tion for all our hard work this year.”

Brian Jen­ner, event organiser, con­cluded: “The awards recog­nise all those un­sung heroes who work so hard for the be­reaved and whose role can so eas­ily be over­looked.

“Some of the nicest peo­ple in Bri­tain work in the fu­neral busi­ness.”

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