Funeral homes help to warm the hearts of the homeless

21 December 2017

171215 Bradford team

Co-op funeral homes across Yorkshire are working with the local community and homeless charities to support the less fortunate this Christmas.

Co-op employees are encouraging residents to donate warm clothes to support local homeless people over the festive period.

In York, the team at Heworth have been taking donations of warm clothing from the local community to the Carecent, a York based homeless charity, where donations have been in high demand.

Fiona Lavery, Co-op Funeralcare Estate Planning Lead, commented:

“The appeal for warm clothing has been so well received this year. In fact we’ve had to do two separate trips because people in the local community have been very generous.”

For the past four years, Co-op’s Airedale funeralcare in Shipley has been involved with the Sunbrisdge Road Mission providing the homeless with warm clothes and a hot meal.

Nick Riley, Co-op Senior Funeral Director, commented:

“Christmas to many people means receiving presents and indulging on festive treats, although for those living on the streets it’s a challenging time of year.

“Here at Co-op we work with charities throughout the year through local initiatives and the membership scheme but it’s great to be able to do a little extra over the festive season.”

On Wednesday 13th December a meal for the homeless will be prepared and cooked by Co-op employees from the local funeral home and food store.

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The Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 colleagues and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion.

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