Fenland woman opens her own funeral directors
A woman who wanted to be an undertaker since the age of 14 has now opened her own business.
Kerry Rolfe, a mother of two from Manea, has opened K E Rolfe in the former Johnson's shop in Dartford Road, March - the first new funeral home to open in the town since 1904.
With over 20 years in the business Kerry not only has lots of experience working with the bereaved but also all the relevant qualifications, including being a fully qualified embalmer, a skill not all undertakers have.
In fact she took up the necessary course at just 16 with the help of her family who funded it, after doing her work experience at a crematorium while still at school.
While she was training she was offered a job with Dignity, one of the largest funeral providers in the UK, as a trainee embalmer in 2000.
She obtained her qualification in 2003 and ended up working for Dignity for nine years including in Wisbech.
In 2010 she joined the Co-Op as a mobile embalmer based in March but travelling to other branches, before taking a job at a local Co-Op funeral directors.
Throughout this time Kerry continued with her training and taking more qualifications and now she says she is one of a very few funeral directors in the county to have every possible qualification.
Last September Kerry, who is married to Martin, and has two children Jack, 16, and Kodie, 11, noticed the former hardware store was empty.
After chatting with the Philpott, family who own the premises Kerry decided to take on the lease and launch her own business.
Work began in November and on Monday January 4 Kerry opened the doors to her undertaking firm.
She said: "It has been a bit nerve racking, but I have already been asked by families to look after the funerals of their loved ones.
"The Philpott family have been very supportive and I'm also grateful to all the local trades people who helped get the premises ready."