Our team at Abbey do much more than write a cheque. When we sponsor a club or organisation, as much as we can, we take an active part.
In early 2015 Chris Parker undertook to lead the Tonbridge Town Team's project on Dementia Action. Training with the Alzheimer's Society as a Dementia Friends Champion she is able to lead dementia awareness sessions. Her work has produced, to date,149 dementia friends in Tonbridge. This vital work continues. https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
The latest addition to Abbey Funeral Services' sponsorship portfolio is the Tonbridge Angels Community Football Scheme. Head of youth football John Gibbons and club secretary Charlie Cole have managed to secure a grant which will allow the club to help development in sport, fitness and education in the Tonbridge area, giving local people great sporting opportunities at low prices.
Abbey have sponsored the U13 TJRFC team by buying the boys polo shirts to wear in the club house after their matches. Having been involved with TJ's for many years Jo spends most Sundays on the sideline supporting the team and as a First Aider is always there to lend a hand ... unfortunately this commitment to club and team doesn't get her out of washing the muddy kit and boots on a Sunday afternoon
The females in our family have long been associated with the sport and are delighted to play a practical part in the running of this club.
Jo Parker is the club chair and also one of the club coaches. Chris Parker is club treasurer.
Angel Indoor Bowls Club has a thriving Junior section which we are proud to sponsor in addition to our sponsorship of the club itself. Some of the junior players have gone on to achieve at both county and national level. Jim Parker is the club's men's section summer Captain.
Tonbridge Bowling Club is an outdoor lawn bowling club, founded in 1906 and celebrated its centenary throughout 2006.
It is one of the oldest clubs in Kent and originally played on the Angel site in Vale Road where the indoor club is now situated. We are proud to sponsor this club.
Chris Parker is a youth leader at Tonbridge Methodist Church and sees first hand the value of the FAB youth club and it's benefits to many families and young people in our community.
This company founded the charity and continues to financially support it in addition to taking care of the administration. Chris and Jo are both trustees and active volunteers. Please see our bereavement support page for more details.
Jo has been working with Lavan from Pace4Life over the last year to put in place a scheme that recycles pacemakers to the third world. Through her connections with SAIF Jo has now managed to get more that 100 Funeral Directors to sign up to the scheme and many more are joining daily.