Top award for West Lindsey's crematorium

Lea Fields Crematorium were announced winners of the Best Service Team of the Year: Cemetery and Crematorium Service category at the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) annual service awards.
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Deborah Balsdon, crematorium manager, said: “More than £6 million was invested into the development of Lea Fields Crematorium, which was officially opened in January of this year.

"This award is yet more evidence that we have invested into an invaluable resource.

“It is a privilege to work at Lea Fields, and despite all the many challenges and obstacles we have faced this year, I am humbled and thankful to my staff for everything they have done to ensure we provide exceptional funeral services proudly and respectfully to the community."

Karen Smith, Tony Kirkham and Deborah BalsdonKaren Smith, Tony Kirkham and Deborah Balsdon
Karen Smith, Tony Kirkham and Deborah Balsdon

Ian Knowles, West Lindsey District Council chief executive, said: “This year has been a real challenge for everyone at West Lindsey District Council, but one of our significant achievements of 2020 has been the opening of Lea Fields Crematorium, a £6 million venture to bring a crematorium into the district.

“I am incredibly thankful to everyone who has worked so tirelessly to not only make this happen, but to continue to make it happen throughout the pandemic, continuing to offer a range of beautiful services in an incredible setting.

"Staff at the crematorium have put themselves in bubbles, worked around the clock and adapted incredibly throughout the year, and to them, and to everyone involved, I congratulate them for their efforts and for this award.”

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