A DORCHESTER-BASED firm has come away with two accolades after being selected from hundreds of nominees to go through to the final stages of this year's Good Funeral Awards.

Social Embers was invited to the awards ceremony at Porchester Hall in London, in recognition of its efforts over the past 12 months.

It was selected as a finalist in the Best Internet Bereavement Resource of the Year category and for Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death.

Although she missed out on the top prize in both, Sandy Weatherburn from Social Embers said she was "delighted" to come away with two certificates of commendation.

She added: "Perhaps I will be a winner next year!"

The Good Funeral Awards were held for a fifth year, with the ceremony hosted by television presenter Penny Smith.

Before the awards event, Fran Hall from the Good Funeral Guide said: "The Good Funeral Awards recognise exceptional service to bereaved people from all aspects of the funeral industry and supporting services.

"By progressing this far, Social Embers has already demonstrated outstanding professionalism, empathy and a willingness to go the extra mile."

The awards are independent and are supported by the Good Funeral Guide and Natural Death Centre.

Event organiser Brian Jenner said: "The Good Funeral Awards recognise all those unsung heroes who work so hard for the bereaved and whose role can so easily be overlooked.

"Some of the nicest people in Britain work in the funeral business."

Social Embers is a Community Interest Company that has been founded to assist with digital legacy issues that are now becoming an important part of society since the introduction of the internet.

For more information about the awards visit goodfuneralawards.co.uk

For details about Social Embers visit socialembers.com or contact Sandy by emailing sandy@socialembers.co.uk