Washington colleagues open tuck shop to raise money for the 'Shine' charity - in memory of manager's grandson

All donations will be given to the charity

Back in September 2015, Karen Crake, manager from our Washington funeral home, sadly lost her 3 day old grandson, Joey, to anencephaly - an absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp that occurs during embryonic development.

Ever since this terrible tragedy, Karen and her colleagues at Washington have been keen to contribute to the charity 'Shine', which was set up to help families and individuals in similar situations to Karen's, affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Last Boxing Day, the team in Washington started their charity fundraising by taking a dip in the freezing cold North Sea in Sunderland Tyne and Wear, armed with 'Joey's Journey' t-shirts and glasses of fizz to make a toast in his memory.

Their act of bravery raised £1,500, taking their fundraising total up to an astonishing £5,000!

Their next fundraising idea has come in the form of a colleague tuck shop within their funeral home, which they've named 'Joey's Tuck Shop' (see photo).

The tuck shop has sweets, crisps, chocolate and healthier goodies including cereal bars and soup available for colleagues, with all proceeds going to Shine.

The tuck shop will acquire a constant flow of proceeds which is fantastic news for the charity and we're sure the team will have something else up their sleeves to continue their fundraising.

To find out more about the Shine charity visit: www.shinecharity.org.uk/.

Well done to the team!



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