Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker with the Matthew Gallagher Award

Zoe Walker, of Bungard Funeral Directors, in Hove has become the 2nd ever winner of the prestigious ‘Matthew Gallagher Achievement Award’ at the Independent Funeral Director Awards Ceremony held earlier this month in Edinburgh.

 The Matthew Gallagher Achievement Award is for outstanding students who have studied towards their professional qualifications whilst facing difficult challenges, how they dealt with those challenges, and how they have progressed within their role.

 Richard Whittle, the fifth generation and current Managing Director of Bungards said:

“We were all super proud that Zoe was shortlisted and then presented with the award by the college and Matthew’s family.

Zoe has impressed with her dedication to improving her knowledge and skills and the way she has seamlessly stepped up to support the business and more importantly our families in recent months.

As a long established family business we are committed to supporting our staff throughout difficult times but to also ensure they are highly trained and qualified because we want to provide the best service we possibly can to every family we look after.”

 The Matthew Gallagher award was set up by Pat and Sandy Gallagher after the sad passing of their son Matthew towards the end of 2019. Matthew was an active, and well liked Funeral Director serving families across Sussex and was heavily involved with the Independent Funeral Directors College.

 The award ceremony was attended in person at the Dalmahoy Hotel in Edinburgh following on from the SAIF Trade Body National Executive Meeting.

 Bungard’s have been serving the local community for 116 years and is a five generation family business. They have remained in their prominent location on Sackville Road for all of those years and prior to being Funeral Directors were stonemasons based on Old Shoreham Road

Zoe being presented award by Patrick Gallagher