The Cambridge community is set to benefit from ongoing donations following the sale of Cambridge’s oldest and largest funeral home, Cambridge Funeral Services, to Legacy Funerals.
Long-time local funeral director Stuart Houchen said he was delighted to hand the business over to Legacy, knowing that they would not only continue the high level of funeral care, but also put profits back to the local community.
“It’s really a remarkable act of philanthropy,” he said.
With the purchase of the funeral home, Legacy has committed to gifting the profits from Cambridge Funerals to the local community.
Greg Brownless, director of Legacy Funerals, established the Legacy Trust in 2007 when he gifted his Tauranga funeral business to the local community.
Since then Legacy Trust has distributed over $2.8 million to local charities, schools, clubs and other worthwhile causes from the Tauranga based Legacy Funerals and Todd Gower Funeral Services.
“We are very excited to continue the great work that Stuart has done in the Cambridge community over the last 13 years,” he said.
“Cambridge Funerals is the leading funeral home in the district and we are thrilled to be able to bring our unique gifting model to Cambridge.
“We are looking forward to working with the community to make a real difference.”
The Albert Street funeral home was established in 1945 and Stuart Houchen has been a respected Funeral Director with Cambridge Funerals for 13 years, prior to his twenty years in the police as a forensic photographer.
Mr Houchen will become an ambassador for the Legacy Trust, to help identify charities and organisations that would benefit from funding in Cambridge.
The Cambridge Funerals name, telephone and email contacts will all remain the same, with Quentin Quin taking up the role of manager from August 2018.