26 August 2021

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  • Co-op Funeralcare, the UK’s leading funeral provider, has invested in new Leeds care centre to offer highest standards of care to region’s loved ones with range of new facilities, including ritual washing rooms
  • Bereavement groups and charity representatives attended the official open day and dedication ceremony
  • The care centre is set to become centre of excellence for Co-op Funeralcare’s embalming apprenticeship programme

Co-op Funeralcare, the UK’s leading funeral provider, welcomed members of the community to a multi-denominational dedication service at it the official opening of its new £2.8million care centre in Leeds yesterday (Wednesday 25 August).

Councillor Eileen Taylor, who officially cut the ribbon and unveiled the plaque to mark the centre open, was joined by other community members including officials from the National Association of Funeral Directors, bereavement groups, charities, local GPs, registrars, hospice leaders and Co-op colleagues.

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Loved ones in the region will be taken to the care centre, which is located in Cross Green, to receive the services they or their family have requested, before being taken back to their local funeral home to rest until it is time for their funeral to take place.

As well as having additional ritual washing rooms so that cultural traditions and practises can be carried out in a private and modern environment, the centre also acts as an educational centre of excellence for the north for those taking part in the funeral provider’s embalming apprenticeship.

It is just one of Co-op’s three UK locations to offer such educational facilities in addition to Reading and Edinburgh.

Helen Chandler, Head of Operations at Co-op Funeralcare’s Central Division, said:

"Yesterday represented a very special day for Co-op Funeralcare in Yorkshire and we are delighted that our new care centre has been so warmly welcomed by the wider community in and around Leeds.

We are very proud that our colleagues will be able to provide loved ones from many diverse communities with sector-leading care in a dignified and private setting. We are also committed to fostering and developing the next generation of embalmers who will be able to develop specialist skills here in Leeds."

Councillor Eileen Taylor, said:

“It was a privilege for me to officially open Co-op Funeralcare’s new care centre. Death and dying are often difficult subjects for people to talk about but we hope that centres of excellence such as this will help the wider public to be more open about the kind of funeral they wish to have.”

Jane Robinson, manager of Leeds Bereavement Forum, a charity which works to develop and improve bereavement services in the city, said:

“It’s been a pleasure to attend the official opening of Co-op Funeralcare’s care centre which will be a real asset to communities across Yorkshire.”

For more information about the services Co-op Funeralcare provides, please visit: https://www.coop.co.uk/funeralcare

Media Enquiries

For further information please contact: Aimi McNeill / aimi.mcneill@coop.co.uk / 07739 657 585 Sarah Jane Thoms / sarahjane.thoms@coop.co.uk / 07890 384 552 Vikki McCrindle / vikki.mccrindle@coop.co.uk / 07773 096 848

About the Co-op:

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services. Owned by over 4 million UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food stores, over 800 funeral homes and provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited.

Employing over 63,000 people, the Co-op has an annual turnover of £11.5 billion. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes. The Co-op exists to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.

Leeds Bereavement Forum

For more information about Leeds Bereavement Forum’s directory of bereavement services, please visit http://lbforum.org.uk/services/ call 0113 225 3975 or email info@lbforum.org.uk to find the most suitable bereavement support. Leeds Bereavement Forum also offers a variety of training, events and conferences around death, dying and loss. Please get in touch for more information.