Funeral arrangements for Richard Grimes

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For those wishing to attend Richard's funeral, or who would be able to support by providing operational cover and therefore allowing colleagues in BEDFORDSHIRE to attend, please see the details below:

The funeral will be on Friday 6th December at 14:00.  Please arrive between 13:45-14:00 for a 14:30 start. There is parking but we imagine it will be overwhelmed by EEAST staff.

The location is the North Herts Memorial Park and Crematorium, Bedford Road, Holwell, Hitchin, SG5 3 RT

Please wear normal daily uniform. We will be asking uniformed staff to assist, by lining the driveway at the crematorium as a guard of honour for Richard. Those taking part more formally will be wearing dress uniform. The family would like the occasion to be a celebration of Richard’s life.

The family have also asked us for an approximate number attending. As there is likely to be a large EEAST attendance, please see your LOM team ASAP to arrange for release before Friday 29th November (this week!), as additional cover will need to be arranged from other areas. This will also help Vikki, his wife, to plan the catering and she would ‘love’ you to attend the reception afterwards.

Importantly we will also need cover from surrounding areas, to release Richard's close friends and colleagues to attend. If you could help, please see your LOM team.

No flowers please. Vikki will circulate details of her chosen charity nearer the time.

Thank you for looking after one another at this painful time. Let’s give Richard’s family something to remember on the 6th!

If you have been affected by Richard’s death and need support, please contact the Red Poppy helpline which will be open from now, 11 am – 7pm each day through to end Wednesday 4 December on 07902 154 817. Tanya and Russ, both highly trained and experienced trauma therapists, will be at the end of the line to talk with you confidentially.

The offer of help can also be accessed through our staff wellbeing team on 03456 089945 or wellbeing.info@nhs.net. The Trust’s employee assistance programme is also available, and at any time. It’s free, confidential, runs 24/7 and can be accessed on 0800 085 1376.

Published 26th November 2019

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