Funeral Director returns to town to lead new booking office at Castle Donington Supermarket site

A Derbyshire Funeral Director is putting a challenging year behind her as she makes a return to Castle Donington to lead a brand-new funeral booking office.

Kate Spencer, who is Funeral Director for Central England Co-op Funeralcare’s Spondon and Borrowash Funeral Homes, has also been given responsibility for the Society’s brand-new funeral booking office which has launched in Castle Donington.

The booking office has taken up a new unit developed at Central England Co-op’s Supermarket site in Station Road, replacing a temporary funeral arrangement pod which had been in position in the car park, as well as the relocated Borough Street Funeral Home in the town.

For Kate it is a return to the town after making her way as a funeral director at the Borough Street home and she is looking forward to returning and to the new challenge after a personally difficult period.

She said: “It is really nice to be back in the Castle Donington community as I really like the atmosphere and it is a brilliant community, so it will be great to get back involved in that.

“It is a real positive for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge after not long being physically back at work as I have been shielding during the pandemic and have been working from home.

“I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (a rare disorder which affects the nerves) last year which left me paralysed from the neck down and with no voice box.

“Later in the year my daughter Connie May was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been receiving chemotherapy, so I was shielding with her during lockdown. Thankfully she has now finished her treatment and is on her journey to recovery, although it’s not without its bumps.

“The Society has been great with me. It is a great place to work and they have been really supportive and allowed me to be flexible with home-working.”

Connie is the City of Derby’s Youth Mayor and has a growing interest in the co-operative movement, even recording a special video that was played to thousands of people who took part in Central England Co-op’s first-ever online Members’ Meeting in June.

Her mum has a long history with Central England Co-op working for the Society for 24 years, making a career change six years ago after previously working in the travel business.

Kate said: “I joined just as a funeral arranger really so strangely it wasn’t that different. People said I would miss working in travel, but I absolutely love my job now and would not want to go back.

“I love helping people to say goodbye to their loved ones. It is very rewarding, and I see it as real honour and a privilege to be there for someone on their last journey.”

The funeral booking office at Station Road, Castle Donington is now open for pre-booked appointments. For more information or to book an appointment call 01332 811381 or email


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.  

Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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