Children urged to be quick on the draw and win Easter treats

A Tamworth funeral home is helping to lift the lockdown blues by organising a beautiful Easter window display and a special prize competition for children.

The idea came from Cath Scott, housekeeper at Tamworth Co-op’s funeral premises in Upper Gungate.

She asked managers if she could temporarily remove a small collection of funeral monuments and replace it with her own colourful Easter display featuring bunnies, eggs and teddy bears.

Tamworth Co-op funeral manager with Easter egg and top hat with bunny coming out

Glen Speak, deputy general manager of Tamworth Co-op’s funeral service, with the prizes for the Easter children’s drawing competition.

Cath then suggested it could be tied in with a special competition for local children aged up to 10.

“The youngster who draws the winning Easter egg wins the pink cuddly bunny at the heart of the display, plus a Thornton’s egg,” she explained.

“The runner-up will be taking a large chocolate egg home. My tip to all the children is to make their Easter egg drawings as bright and cheerful as possible!”

Camera-shy Cath even managed to badger Glen Speak, deputy manager of Tamworth Co-op’s funeral division, into posing for a picture with the main prize!

“Cath has done an amazing job and we have had a lot of people stopping outside to admire her window,” said Glen.

“In normal circumstances, her day-to-day job is to handle the catering side of things when people use our premises following a funeral. However, she is always coming up with ways of helping local charities and has inspired various fundraising activities here.

“Our staff have had a very demanding year and have had to deal with some very difficult things. Ideas like this help to give them a bit of a lift too, as well as people who walk past the premises.

Tamworth Co-op Easter children's drawing competition display

Glen Speak pictured at the centre of Cath Scott’s striking window display. Entries for the competition close on March 29th, 2021.

“The vaccine programme is being rolled out, spring and Easter is around the corner and in our own little way we want to spread a note of hope and optimism in the town.”

Cath added: “I think everybody has had enough of Covid and people just want life to return to normal. I thought it would be nice to make a fuss about it soon being Easter, a time which brings joy to people. I hope parents and teachers will embrace the competition and encourage children to enter.”

Entries can either be posted through the door of Tamworth Co-op’s funeral home or posted to Tamworth Co-op Funeral Service, the Mews, 35-37 Upper Gungate, Tamworth, Staffs. B79 7NZ.

The name and contact details should be included on the back of the drawing. The parents/guardians of the winner and runner-up of the competition will be contacted, and the prize handed over in a safe, socially distanced manner.

The closing date for entries is Monday, March 29th, 2021.