On 6 March 2020, Austin, Davis and Son was invited to attend Enfield’s International Women’s Day Mayor’s Award. We are pleased to announce that our Principal Funeral Director and Managing Director, Angela Bailey was amongst many inspirational ladies awarded by the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Kate Anolue.
In a ceremony held at Enfield Civic Centre, Angela received her award for the work she does in making a positive difference to the people in the borough and beyond.
“Your generous support and true professionalism has been invaluable,” said Mayor Anolue.
Others awarded at the ceremony included Her Excellency Justina Mutale, who is globally acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin; gospel singer/songwriter Lurine Cato; and Team GB sprinter and Olympics medal winner Desiree Henry.
Of the idea behind her International Women’s Day Awards, Mayor Anolue said, “These are great women of Enfield doing extraordinary things.” She continued, ” During the course of my engagements, I have met the majority of these women working in the voluntary sector and some in the statutory sector. I was so proud and blown away by their sheer determination to give a voice to the voiceless and to help the vulnerable. Amazing women who spend hours upon hours to enrich other people’s lives.”
On her award Angela said, “I feel honoured to be here amongst all of these phenomenal women. It’s motivating to hear what others are doing in the community, many of whom without ceremonies like this one would probably fly under the radar. So it’s fantastic that the Mayor is shining a spotlight on their efforts and acknowledging them here tonight.”
Angela Bailey is one of the UK’s leading Funeral Directors. In 2019, she founded Austin, Davis & Son Ltd; a family-run, independent funeral directors, which is fully female-owned and run. The organisation provides the essential service of affordable funerals to those who need them, without compromising on quality and maintaining the dignity of the deceased. With the ‘cost of death’ rising annually, Austin, Davis & Son has centred its flagship branch in the heart of Edmonton to fulfil the need for affordable funerals in the Enfield borough.
In 2017, Angela made national headlines when she organised and led a silent rally in a stance against knife crime in Enfield. Over one hundred people marched in solidarity for and 18-year-old young man who was stabbed to death on the street outside Angela’s home. As a witness to the harsh reality of weaponised knives, Angela continues her activism on this front today.