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People in Scunthorpe will be able to discuss plans and make arrangements for their loved ones with the help of colleagues at a new Lincolnshire Co-op funeral home.
The facility on Oswald Road has been created using £500,000 of investment and includes a private arrangement lounge, welcoming reception area and chapel of rest, all tastefully decorated.
The building, which had previously stood empty, has also been given a fresh look outside including new signage and stained glass detail in the windows.
An official opening ceremony was held on Wednesday 19th December with a service led by local clergy and attended by guests including Mayor of North Lincolnshire Councillor John Briggs.
Lincolnshire Co-op President Steve Hughes unveiled a plaque, speeches were made and donations were given to local charities Lindsay Lodge Hospice and the Rainbow Café, who received £250 each as part of the ceremony.
The funeral home will start serving the community tomorrow, Friday 21st December.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice Corporate Fundraising Coordinator Tom Moody said: “The money is an amazing gesture, and not only will it help us to run our services, it’s also important for us to have a good relationship with funeral homes.
“The money we need to run our free service is immense so any donation to us is greatly received. It’s a brilliant facility here and it’s a terrific addition for the community.”
Scunthorpe Funeral Home Branch Manager Peter Riley said: “The new funeral home is going to offer the community of Scunthorpe first-class facilities.
“We have a fantastic team here and they’re eager to help people. Whether they need to make arrangements, ask questions or simply have a chat over a cup of tea, our colleagues are ready to assist.”
The new branch means people in Scunthorpe can simply pop in to see Lincolnshire Co-op’s professional colleagues about funeral plans, advice on arrangements and ask any questions they may have.
There is also a display showing the handiwork of Lincolnshire Co-op’s memorial masons, who use state-of-the-art technology and hand carving skills to create special tributes.
It joins Lincolnshire Co-op’s Westcliff Pharmacy and Willoughby Road Food Store and Post Office in Scunthorpe. The branch will be the Society’s first funeral home in the town and the 22nd in its trading area.
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