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North Herts And Stevenage Branch of Samaritans Named as Charity of 2015

April 14th, 2015    Author: admin

Austins have named the North Herts and Stevenage branch of Samaritans as our charity for 2015.  The branch are based locally in Hitchin.

Volunteers take telephone calls as well as face to face appointments and the branch has been established since 1971.  Samaritans work with other support groups in the area helping vulnerable people and those in need of emotional support such as mental health groups, homeless, addiction problems and others.

With activities such as ‘cheap as chips’, prison ‘listeners’ ‘Feet on the Street’ and working with Network Rail to support staff who have to deal with the effects of people committing suicide on the railway you can see that the work of Samaritans is vital  in the community.

To find out more about the activities of the local branch you can visit their website HERE or watch the outreach video HERE

New Branch for Austins in Letchworth

March 23rd, 2015    Author: admin

We are delighted that we have the keys to our new branch in Leys Avenue, Letchworth and refurbishment work will start shortly.  We don’t have a date yet for opening but look forward to helping out the residents of Letchworth in the coming months.  This takes our branches to a total of 9 across Hertfordshire and you can find where we are located by visiting our webpage

Austins Charitable Fund Help Cancer Hair Care

February 24th, 2015    Author: admin

A few weeks ago on Friday 13th February we presented our donation to Jasmin and Margherita at Cancer Hair Care. We had selected them as our Annual Charity for 2014 and were delighted to hand over £6,443.50.  Sadly that weekend, they were burgled and had over £5,000 worth of equipment and cash stolen from their office in Stevenage.  Jasmin put out a plea and the generosity of people and businesses means that they have been able to replace lots of the stolen items. You can help them carry on their fantastic work on facebook and twitter using #‎BeatTheBurglars‬ or by texting HAIR05£1.00 to 70070 or

A Musical Send Off

January 23rd, 2015    Author: admin

Every funeral we plan here at Austins is different and every family has different ideas about the music which should be played. Sometimes, it’s been chosen in advance in consultation with the deceased person or it’s something they particular enjoyed through their life.

Sometimes, there’s a real message in the song that acts as a farewell, so three favourites from Eva Cassidy are Fields of Gold, Songbird and Over the Rainbow, with Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye and Robbie Williams’ Angels featuring often.

Celebrating life past leads to My Way by Frank Sinatra, Simply the Best by Tina Turner and Westlife’s You Raise Me Up.

You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dance with My Father Again by Luther Vandross and Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven all reflect the sense that something of a person will live on.

And then, of course, there’s the more unusual choices we’ve been asked to play, including:-

Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye by Gracie Fields, Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust.

Whatever music family and friends opt for, it is always the right choice for someone and often reflects an important relationship.