Knowing that arrangements are in place so your loved ones have less to deal with at a difficult time.
Mark Bates Ltd have a long trusted history providing specialist policies for the elderly. We are now working in association with one of the UK's largest leading funeral plan suppliers*, Golden Charter, to provide pre-paid funeral plans.
We all love doing something special for our family. This could be something as simple as covering the cost of your funeral in advance. With funeral costs on the rise**, a Golden Charter Funeral Plan lets you specify your wishes and the funeral director service costs are included in the plan. It can help your family avoid difficult decisions, and any financial worries over how to pay for the funeral director’s costs, at an already stressful time. It’s a simple, thoughtful way to plan ahead and a chance to avoid the rising cost of funerals.
Peace of mind
Knowing that arrangements are in place, so your loved ones have less to deal with at a difficult time.
A plan that suits you
Choose from Standard, Select and Premier. There are four great plans to choose from so you can pick the one that best suits your needs.
Pay for the funeral director's services included in the plan at today's prices, protecting you and your family against the rising costs of funerals**.
Respecting your wishes
Golden Charter works with over 3,000 independent funeral directors across the UK offering you a local and professional service.
Flexible payment methods to suit your circumstances, including monthly payments.
A real alternative to savings
Money is secured either in The Golden Charter Trust, which is independent of Golden Charter, or in a life assurance policy with Phoenix Life Ltd.
Photo of your choice
Mark Bates Ltd will provide you with a framed photo of your choice which can be displayed to the congregation.
Choose the funeral you want
Use the portal to organise your favourite hymns, poems, readings and music.
Download or Print
Print off your advanced funeral wishes with your other important documents.
For full details of funeral designer see terms and conditions.
This service is not offered or administered by Golden Charter and no information, other than that recorded on the Golden Charter funeral plan application form or disclosed directly from customers to Golden Charter, form part of the contractual arrangements with Golden Charter.
Flexible payment methods to suit your circumstances, including monthly payments. You can cover the full cost of your plan in a single payment, pay over 12 months at no extra cost or spread the cost (age restrictions apply) over a period that suits your circumstances. Another popular option is the fixed monthly payments option. No deposit is required and the amount you pay depends on your age and which plan you choose.
An affordable plan with flexibility.
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Added benefits of one limousine and higher quality coffin.
Most comprehensive funeral plan including two limousines and a superior coffin.
***the pay monthly prices are representative based on a 50 year old, paying by Low Cost Instalments with a £49 deposit.
Only Mark Bates Ltd customers get access to our funeral designer app when you take out a Funeral Plan.
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Funeral costs in the UK are rising every year. According to the 2018 SunLife Cost of Dying Report the average cost of a funeral in 2004 was £1,920, today it is £4,271. That's an increase of 122.5% - well above inflation. Golden Charter project costs could be more than £7,000 in 10 years’ time. A Golden Charter funeral plan offers an easy way to pay for your funeral director's service at a cost that's fixed at current prices.
Golden Charter is one of the UK's largest leading funeral plan suppliers * , is registered with The Funeral Planning Authority and is recommended by The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).
Everyone has different needs – and we provide a range of funeral plans designed to meet your requirements at a price you can afford.
The Coffin †
Collection and Transport ††
The funeral service at a local cemetery or crematorium
Care of deceased prior to burial or cremation (excluding embalming)
Use of chapel of rest or service rooms
Choice of date and time of funeral
Funeral procession to funeral location †††
Funeral held on a normal weekday, during normal working hours
A hearse to local crematorium or cemetery
Provision of sufficient staff to attend to the coffin as required
Family viewing ††††
A list provided to the family of mourners who sent flowers
24 hour contact phone line support for bereaved
An allowance for third party costs
Golden Charter offer a range of ways to pay for your funeral plan.
£49 deposit then 12 monthly payments.
We want to be your one stop shop for insurance.
**SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018. Projections by Golden Charter based on SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018.
*Based on recent market share of funeral plans sold - Funeral Planning Authority statistics 2018 and Golden Charter Annual Report 2017/18.