M K Ginder & Sons has been voted Funeral Planner of the Year for the North London and East England region in the annual awards run by leading funeral plan provider Golden Charter. The Watford firm was named the best large North London and East England firm in the prestigious awards which were open to Golden Charter’s network of more than 3,000 independent funeral directors. Adam Ginder said: “The award recognises the hard work, dedication and professionalism of all my colleagues.” The team at M K Ginder & Sons won the award in recognition of their dedication and commitment in providing an outstanding service to the local community. Funeral director Adam Ginder received the award on behalf of the company from Ronnie Wayte, chief executive of Golden Charter. The firm was established in 1983 by Martyn Ginder and is today run by his wife Jean and sons Adam, Russell and Daniel. From their offices in Central Watford, North Watford, Bricket Wood, Bushey, South Oxhey and Abbots Langley, the family and staff provide a valuable service to the local community. Ronnie Wayte, Chief Executive of Golden Charter, said: “This is the 21st year of these awards, and each year it becomes more difficult to choose a winner. Through these awards Golden Charter celebrates personal excellence and professional commitment in one of the most difficult and challenging areas of serving the public. Adam added: “The team at M K Ginder & Sons has set a very high standard and we are delighted to recognise this tremendous achievement.” Customers buying pre-paid funeral plans are protected against inflation and benefit from peace of mind knowing their family will be able to pay for a funeral no matter how far into the future. Golden Charter estimates that in 2013 independent firms held around 42 per cent of the funeral plan market with corporate providers such as Co-operative Funeralcare and Dignity accounting for the rest.