Grieving families support Over the Rainbow children’s charity

Sarah Quinton, Bev Lambert and Tanya Carlton-Smith. Photo: Anglia Picture Agency

A Suffolk children’s charity is set to benefit from a share of £2,500 as part of a fundraising scheme supported by recently bereaved families.

Over the Rainbow children’s charity, which was set up in 2015 by local woman Bev Lambert is one of nine charities picked by the East of England Co-op Funerals Service’s Community Giving Scheme, which launched In November 2018.

This week they received a cheque for £1,250 from Sarah Quinton, East of England Co-op funeral co-ordinator, based at the branch on Nacton Road.

The scheme invites Co-op members who have used the East of England Co-op Funeral Services with the opportunity to vote for which local charities and good causes receive a share of a financial gift.

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Sarah Quinton from the East of England Co-op said: “Arranging a funeral is a very emotional time and as well as planning a fitting tribute, we pride ourselves on developing a trusting, open and supportive relationship with friends and family.

“This extends to the period after the funeral itself – a time when lots of bereaved people feel rather lost and alone.

“The Community Giving Scheme was designed as a way for us to encourage these people to help us do something lovely for good causes in memory of the person they have lost.

“It’s been a hugely successful and well-received programme and we are thrilled to be able to donate £1,250 to this much-loved charity who improve the lives of local children every day.”

Other Suffolk based- charities receiving donations in this first round include the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service and the Joshua Tarrant Trust.

The programme works in a similar way as the Community Token Scheme which operates in East of England Co-op food stores and which allows members to pick a local charity to support.

Families are sent a voting card following a funeral service and have a chance to vote for one of three good causes.

Over The Rainbow Children’s Charity supports children living with serious or life threatening illnesses. They provide specialised equipment to help with day to day living for the child or organise fun days out.

Bev Lambert said: “We are delighted to have been one of the chosen charities of the East of England Co-op Funeral Service. The donation of £1,250 is going to help a child in desperate need of support, whether it is for equipment such as a wheelchair, seating, epilepsy monitor or for sensory equipment, it will make a real difference to both the child and their family.  Receiving a donation of this amount is amazing and we cannot thank the East of England Co-op enough for supporting the work we do”.

Local community groups and charities can apply at any time to be involved in the Community Giving Scheme, with all applications assessed once every three months.

Successful applicants are allocated a selection of funeral branches in which they will be supported.

Every three months the East of England Co-op Funeral Services team share £2,500 between good causes across the region – with charities involved receiving £1,250, £750 or £500.

You, or your group, must be an East of England Co-op member to apply.

For more information visit the Co-op community giving page.