Where Caring Comes First

Welcome to Childers Woodgate Funeral Services, where compassion and professionalism intersect to honour the lives of your loved ones.

Since 2007, Fred and Shirley Hampson have led these services, committed to serving local communities with unwavering care and integrity.

Fred, a registered nurse and midwife, and Shirley, a qualified teacher, bring a wealth of expertise to their roles as directors of Childers Woodgate Funeral Services. Rooted in their local community, they embody the values of compassion, consideration, tact, and discretion. For Fred and Shirley, “Where caring comes first” is not merely a motto but a guiding principle woven into every aspect of their service—from the initial arrangements to the ongoing support for grieving families.

While initially based in Gayndah, Fred and Shirley expanded their presence to Woodgate in 2012, reflecting their dedication to meeting the needs of diverse communities. Supported by a compassionate team, they seamlessly navigate between both locations, ensuring families receive the utmost care and attention.

Shirley holds a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, while Fred has pursued relevant studies to become a funeral celebrant. With years of experience supporting bereaved families, they specialise in crafting personalised funeral services that celebrate the unique lives of individuals. From religious and non-religious ceremonies to cultural-specific rites, they honour diverse traditions with empathy and respect.

Fred and Shirley, operating under Jenlesley Pty Ltd, embody the qualities of seasoned celebrants, possessing excellent communication skills, confidence in public-speaking, creativity, flexibility, and empathy. Their mature, ethical approach, coupled with strong organisational abilities, ensures that every service is tailored to reflect the wishes and values of each family.
At Childers Woodgate Funeral Services, Fred and Shirley stand ready to guide you through every step of the funeral process with compassion, professionalism, and unwavering support.

Together, they honour the lives of your loved ones, ensuring that each farewell is a heartfelt tribute worthy of remembrance.

Fred & Shirley Hampson

Directors

What Makes Us Stand Out?

  • “Helping you celebrate the life of your loved one in the way they deserve.”
  • “It is not about the price, it is about the value of celebrating the life.”
  • “The first rule in funerals is …. there are no rules.”
      • whatever seems appropriate, or significant, is proper.
      • If a song has meaning – it should be sung.
      • If there are special people who can share meaningful thoughts and insights into the life of a person, they should be heard.
      • If there are special things that have meaning to the person, have them at the service.
  • It is not always just about the service, but the after-care that will be provided by our caring, compassionate staff.
  • Our service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Our team of dedicated, caring staff will meet with you in the comfort of your home, at any time that suits you.
  • The service we offer is personalized, professional, appropriate and at all times, discreet.

Where Caring Comes First

Our Team

Leighton Kreis

Leighton is one of our very versatile employees who works as a Mortuary Attendant as well as a Funeral Director’s Assistant. Leighton works full time in the Aged Care industry and prior to this was employed in repairs and maintenance for the aged and infirmed at Hervey Bay. Leighton has been employed by us on a casual basis since the inception of the company and is not only a valuable asset to our business, but to the community at large.

Ellie Chevins

Ellie is happy to work for the caring and respectful team at Childers Woodgate Funeral Services. Her work is mainly of an administrative nature, though she is particularly grateful to have the opportunity to be of assistance with direct involvement with funeral and cremation arrangements/services. Ellie is our youngest team member, she has a positive approach to all aspects of life and has a maturity and level of wisdom that is not common in young adults.

Amy Golchert

Amy was educated in Gayndah and has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) and as Fred and Shirley’s daughter, it was a natural progression that she came to work for Childers Woodgate Funeral Services. She works in all areas of the funeral business, from administration through to funeral service delivery. Amy is considered to be one of our quiet achievers as she quite often works diligently behind the scenes. Amy along with her husband, Ben, now operate a business of their own – HiTide Swim School – therefore, she only works for us on an as needs basis.

Ben Golchert

Ben assists our Mortuary Team with After Hours Transfers. During the daylight hours, he works in the building industry and is co-manager of HiTide Swim School. Ben married Fred and Shirley’s daughter, Amy, in 2014 and is often called upon, after hours to assist where he can. He is also considered a valuable, quiet achiever of the CWFS team.

Melissa Sadler

Welcome back to Mel who has been on maternity leave. We look forward to seeing more of your lovely smiling face around and of course, using your particular skills to our benefit.

Trent Hetherington

Trent assists our Mortuary Team with After Hours Transfers. During the daylight hours, he for the North Burnett Regional Council. Trent is often called upon, after hours to assist where he can. He is also considered a valuable, quiet achiever of the CWFS team.

Sam Euler

Samantha (known as Sam) is the latest member of our team.  She is a wife and mother of two sons, Hudson and Riley.  Sam has lived in Gayndah since she was seven years old and attended both the local primary and high schools.  Sam is proud to have grown up in such a caring community.  She has previously worked in childcare and retail pharmacy.  We have found Sam to be an honest, approachable and dependable individual both personally and professionally.  We are very happy to welcome her to our team.