A new locally-owned Southsea funeral home is preparing to unveil the name of its chosen charity partner at its first open event in November.
Charity, cakes and coffins will be the focus of the event on Wednesday 14 November at Southern Co-op’s new funeral home at 128 Albert Road, Portsmouth.
Funeral Co-ordinators Lucy Thomason and Laura Gaul are inviting residents to find out about its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ which includes opportunities for donations, volunteering and fundraising.
The branch’s new charity partner was selected following a county-wide appeal for nominations of good causes that promote a ‘greener’, ‘healthier’, ‘safer’ or ‘more inclusive’ neighbourhoods.
Southern Co-op’s Funeral Co-ordinator Laura said: “Funerals have never been an easy thing to think about or to plan for but, there are a lot of pre-paid funeral packages being advertised at the moment, so it is more confusing than ever.
“Luckily, because we are a funeral directors, not just a funeral planner, we can really help people understand pre-paid funerals and what support their loved ones would get if the worst were to happen.”
The new funeral home in Albert Road is part of Southern Co-op – a co-operative society owned by its members and formed in Portsmouth almost 150 years ago.
Whether residents are overwhelmed by the idea of funeral planning or simply want to plan ahead, the event is open to everyone from 5pm to 7pm.
There will also be a raffle to raise funds for the new charity partner.
For more information, contact the Southsea team in branch or on 02392 832151.