Funeral directors from a funeral home in Bourne have teamed up with nearby care homes to raise funds for exotic pet refuge. Staff from RJ Scholes Funeral Services are teaming up with The Cedars and Woodgrange care homes to take on the 31-mile cycling challenge. The challenge intends to raise funds for the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, where weird and wonderful exotic pets are given sanctuary when they have nowhere else to go. Staff from RJ Scholes taking part in the race include Funeral Director Samantha Hampson and Funeral Service Assistants Ben Smith, Dave Fawcett and Terry Dewey. RJ Scholes Funeral Service belong to Central England Co-Operative Funeral Care.
With Ben, Dave and Terry being keen cyclists, the funeral home staff have expressed their delight to be joining forces with local care home staff to raise funds for the cause. Funeral Director Samantha Hampson told the Peterborough Telegraph: “This is the fourth annual ride and it is a great way to work with local care homes and get out into the community and support good causes.” As keen cyclists, the staff from RJ Scholes volunteer to arrange the ride with colleagues from local care homes, forging the route together and ensuring it is safely completed. The ride is scheduled to take place on 26 September and will take place in the area where the funeral home and care homes are located.
Funeral Director Samantha Hampson added: “Last year we raised money for the Butterfield Centre in Bourne which provides vital day care facilities to older residents in the area. This year we decided to raise funds for The Exotic Pet Refuge as it is run by volunteers who care for up to 300 birds, mammals and reptiles that will live out the rest of their lives there. They rely on donations often generated on open days which it has not been possible to hold during the pandemic. It is hoped that, once it is safe to do so, the Exotic Pet Refuge can visit the care homes with some animals for the residents to see.”