Remember your loved ones together with Central England Co-op this Christmas

A popular Christmas initiative which helps families remember lost loved ones during the festive period is taking place again this year.

Central England Co-operative funeralcare is launching its ‘Christmas Memories’ initiative to provide an opportunity for families to remember loved ones in a special way.

People are invited to place a star with their own, personalised message, on a Christmas tree.  Anyone who would like to take part can pick up a star from Central England Co-operative Funeral Homes and can hang it on a dedicated tree.

Lost loved ones can also be remembered by Tweeting @mycooplife with a personal tribute and including #mycoopstar.  Messages will then appear in the Christmas Memories gallery on the Central England Co-op website at

Head of Funeral for Central England Co-op Hazel Moss said: “As we head into Christmas and the New Year it’s a time when thoughts turn to those no longer with us. 

“We know that being able to share that memory is important to many and so through the stars on the tree, let’s remember them together. 

“Our colleagues love to welcome people into our funeral homes and to other community locations to have a chat and to place their message on the tree.”

Central England Co-operative Funeral Homes are also involved with local churches and the community for special remembrance services at Christmas. Anyone who would like to attend a service and join with others to remember loved ones at this special time can contact their local Funeral Home for more information. Details of homes can be found at


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.

The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, nine florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.

Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

For more information visit, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, @mycooplife and on Facebook:

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

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