Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Derby’s longest established independent funeral director, Bondholder Wathall’s, has been awarded an MBE by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace.
Miss Wathall was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to business and the local community.
She said “It was a huge honour to be awarded an MBE. It was a lovely day and something that we will all never forget.”
Helen Wathall is the fifth generation of her family to run Wathall’s which has offices in Macklin Street, Alvaston, Borrowash, Ashbourne and Burton.
She has worked in the family business since she was 18 and has been Managing Director since she was just 29 - taking over the reins of the company on the death of her father Bill.
Over the generations, the Wathall family has always been part of the local community whether that is leading Derby’s war effort in the Forties to being an active member of the local business community to action improvements in St Peters Quarter.
Most recently Wathall’s, has presented a cheque for £1,230 to Derby Stroke Club.
The money was donated by those who attended Wathall’s annual Service of Remembrance and Hope at Bondholder Derby Cathedral in the run up to Christmas to remember loved ones who have passed away.
Wathall’s choose a different charity to receive the donations and selected Derby Stroke Club in recognition of their work to support people who have themselves suffered a stroke or are caring for a family member.