AGFD Good Funeral Awards 2022

Celebrating with other nominees and winners at the Association of Green Funeral Directors ‘Good Funeral Awards 2022’.

A Glittering Night

It was a glittering night, where the dress code encouraged guests to sparkle – and, as the photos below testify, many did.

Unable to hold a face-to-face event since 2019, the AGFD were determined to make the evening bigger, better and even more special. And it certainly was!

The weather was kind, so guests were able to enjoy drinks in the beautiful grounds of The Crazy Bear at Stadhampton, followed by a delicious meal in the stunning dining room.

AGFD Awards Ceremony at The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton

Meet and Mingle

It was a lovely opportunity to meet and catch up with the many wonderful people in the industry and celebrate the hard work and dedication that goes into running successful and innovative businesses that help people at their time of greatest need.

L-R: Gemma Johnson, AGFD / Kirstie Atherton, Celebrant & Debbie Smith, CEO Westerleigh Group / Sophia Campbell-Shaw, Woven Farewell & Paul Wilson, SEIB Insurance

Congratulalations to the Nominees and Winners

whiteballoon was honoured and delighted to be shortlisted in two categories – ‘The Most Promising Newcomer to the Trade’ and ‘Best Innovative Product or Service’. 

Our congratulations go to all the other nominees and to the winners in each category:

Gravedigger of the Year – Maria Brancati
Crematorium of the Year – The Birches, Northwich 
Most Promising Newcomer to the Trade – Lucy Derrick, West Wiltshire Crematorium
Best Burial Ground – Respect Burial Ground
Coffin Supplier of the Year – Woven Farewell 
Low Cost Funeral Provider –  Farewill
Best Funeral Support Service – Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity 
Celebrant of the Year – Kirstie Atherton  
Florist of the Year – Kathrine Armstrong-Bisson, Fleuradamo
Funeral Information Provider – The Coffin Club UK
Funeral Director – Reverend Daniel Ackerley, John Duckworth FD
Funeral Arranger – Sarah Bax, Poppy’s
Most Promising Trainee FD – Darren Lucas, Southgate and Roberts
Most Promising Trainee FD – Darren Lucas, Southgate and Roberts
Green Funeral Director of the Year – The Cornish Funeral Company
Carriage Masters of the Year – Regency Horse and Carriage
Bereavement Awareness – Grief Chat
Best Innovative Product/Service – Funeral Streaming
Direct Cremation Provider – Farewill 
Anatomical Pathologist Technician of the Year – Gemma Norburn
Minister of the Year – Reverend Daniel Ackerley
Yearly Achievement Award – Russ Bravo and Denise Walker, Funeral Service Journal
Lifetime Achievement Award – Alan Jose, Westerleigh Group

It has been a challenging few years for everyone, with the pandemic requiring many to adapt and change quickly, often working in very difficult circumstances. But out of adversity comes strength, resiliance, innovation, and an even greater sense of community and co-operation.

Thank you to Gemma and her team at the AGFD for all their hard work and for bringing us together to celebrate, and in such wonderful surroundings.

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