PRESS RELEASE: Funeral homes help to warm the hearts of the homeless

Colleagues all across Yorkshire have taken up the appeal

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 was prepared, and cooked, by Co-op employees from the local funeral home and food store.

For further information contact

Claire Newmarch

PR Assistant

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer