Ballroom Barbara gains 30 years Long Service Award

Funeral Arranger celebrates 30 years with Funeralcare

Barbara Johnson, Funeral Arranger at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Strood, Kent has achieved a Long Service Award for her dedication to The Co-operative Funeralcare over the last three decades.

Barbara, who is from Gravesend joined The Co-operative Funeralcare in 1985 after seeing a notice for a part time role in the local paper. After a year, Barbara moved to the Gillingham funeral home where she continued to work for two years before moving to the Strood branch in 1988, where she has remained ever since.

In her spare time, Barbara and her husband, Les are keen Ballroom and Latin dancers.  Together they hold a ballroom dance most weekends and run two sequence dance classes during the week.  Sponsored by The Co-operative Funeralcare, the couple have danced their way to raising almost eight thousand pounds for charities including Kent Air Ambulance, two local hospices and After Breast Cancer via charity ballroom dances, at which both amateur and professional dance cabarets come together and a ‘Strictly Come Dancing comes to Funeralcare’ event.

Commenting on her 30 year Long Service Award, Barbara said:

“When l first stated my role, l thought it would just tie me over for a while, but somehow it became a way of life.  I would not have believed that l would still be here 30 years on, but l am and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being able to help families through a dreadful time in their lives is an incredible thing to be able to do.  They are vulnerable, in need of help and guidance and it has been my role to do just that for over 30 years."


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