Unique funeral office extends Central England Co-op’s ability to serve Atherstone
Central England Co-op Funeralcare has been able to extend its services to the community in Atherstone with a unique building.
The Innovative Funeral Arrangement Office Pod, which is clad in responsibly sourced Siberian Larch – a great example of Central England Co-op’s ongoing drive to be environmentally friendly, launched a year ago and is key to allowing the long-established funeral business continues to provide help to families in need across the area.
The Pod is run by Funeral Director David Luckey and this team, who is encouraging anyone worried about planning a service for their loved one in a different location to normal to ‘pop in for cuppa and a chat to help dispel any myths’.
He said: “We have been a trusted part of communities for 100 years and we’re a safe pair of hands to rely on for when those unexpected situations arise.
“We are a local, reliable funeral director there to support and help whenever we’re needed with providing a truly personalised life celebration – and operating out of our unique Pod makes no difference to that all.
“We can make all the same arrangements and loved ones will be cared for in just the same way, albeit their time in our care will be at another nearby venue. The whole idea of the Pod is to offer a convenient place for them to plan services, without the prospect of potentially having to travel long distances to another funeral home.
“We believe in reflecting the whole of someone’s life in their funeral service, and so focus on getting to know the person and their family before creating a bespoke and personalised funeral.”
David went to school in Atherstone, and the town holds a ‘unique and long lasting place’ in his heart.
He and his team are also aiming to work with groups across the community on a wide variety of projects in the near future.
The new building is based next to the Central England Co-op Food Store, in Station Street, and a total of £12,000 has been invested in the new venture.
The idea behind the innovative funeral pod was to create a building that is tailor-made to clients’ needs and that is warm, welcoming and comforting.
The arrangement office will initially be available by appointment only, with the office open Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm for pre-booked appointments.
Appointments can be booked by contacting the team on 01543 421314, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.
Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.
It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.
The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.
It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.
Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.
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