A Funeral Directors which has been helping families for more than five decades has opened a new branch in Catterick.
John Blenkiron and Sons Funeral Directors has opened its third home in a former military clothing shop in Hildyard Road.
The whole building has been completely refurbished to ensure families feel welcome and comfortable at a difficult time, allowing the team at John Blenkiron and Sons to provide the exemplary quality of service and care which has become their hallmark.
Their first branch was launched in Richmond in the 1960s, while their second base in Barnard Castle has been open for more than 30 years.
Business Principal James Blenkiron is the son of founder, John, and said he is thrilled to have opened another in his father’s name.
“He would be incredibly proud for the business which he started to be helping even more people further afield,” James said.
“It’s something we have wanted to do for a long time, and I am delighted that with the help of our parent company Funeral Partners, we have been able to make it happen.
“We’ve got a good relationship with the military based at Catterick Garrison and the Gurkha community based there.”
Funeral Director Will Bellerby – himself a former soldier having served in the Royal Logistics Corps – will be Funeral Director at the new Catterick branch.
Will said: “Previously, we have always helped families in Catterick from our base in Richmond, but hopefully it will be helpful for them to have a presence in town.
“It’s a big moment in the history of JohnBlenkiron & Sons, and hopefully bereaved families will benefit from having us close by.
“Anyone who wants to pop in and speak to me is more than welcome.”
A special open day is being held on Thursday, May 25 where anyone can attend the funeral home to meet the team.
Last month, the first ever John Blenkiron & Sons Community Fund was launched to allow charities and other not-for-profit organisations within three miles of the funeral homes in Catterick, Richmond and Barnard Castle to apply for grants of up to £1,500.
In total, £20,000 is available for not-for-profit organisations to apply for to assist with their vital work.
The deadline for the first round of applications has now closed but the second round will open on August 1 at 12 noon. More details and information on how to apply can be found at https://www.blenkirons.co.uk/community-fund/
For more information about arranging a funeral at John Blenkiron and Sons, visit https://www.blenkirons.co.uk/ or call 01748 906450.