Eastwood funeral firm appoints new staff to handle charity donations

Gillotts Funeral Directors has taken on new-starter Jodie Wardle to oversee the increasingly complex task of handing on more than £100,000 worth of donations received on charities’ behalf each year.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 3:50 pm
Jodie Wardle

An estimated £80million is donated to charities in memory of loved ones in the UK each year and although the number of mourners attending funerals was restricted over the past year due to social distancing, Gillotts handled an increase in donations made online.

With restrictions gradually being lifted, Gillotts is predicting a return to pre-Covid levels, with Jodie splitting her time between handling the donations at the company’s headquarters in Nottingham Road, as well as looking after the production of service sheets and spending two days working as a funeral arranger at its office in Derby Road, Stapleford.

Joanne Hutsby, a partner in Gillotts, which also operates offices in Selston and Kimberley, welcomed Jodie to the firm.

She said: “Handling the very many donations that we receive and process on behalf of our families has become a significant undertaking and although the level of donations did drop over the past year, we decided that we needed a dedicated person to fulfil the role.

“Starting a job at a funeral firm during the tail-end of a pandemic has been a memorable experience for Jodie but very quickly her people skills and organisational ability have made her a welcome addition to our team.”

Jodie, who has previously worked in administration roles for the NHS and the British Army military police, said she is enjoying her new position.

She said: “So many families ask for donations to help charities and organisations in memory of their loved ones and so making sure that every penny gets through to them is a very important part of what we do.

“I’m really enjoying it.”