Derby County Team Up With G.Wathall & Son
Derby County Football Club has teamed with the city’s oldest independent firm of funeral directors to offer supporters the opportunity of unique funeral services.
G Wathall & Son has created a bespoke package of funeral options for Derby County supporters. They include dedicated services held at Pride Park stadium, special floral tribute and coffin sprays featuring the Ram mascot or team shirts and a unique coffin depicting the main stand at the stadium.
Catering services for wakes are also available in the club’s Avensis suite and guests can have a tour of the stadium during the day.
The funeral packages are entirely flexible and can be adapted to the individual or family’s wishes.
The options are available either as part of a funeral pre-payment plan for someone that is in the process of planning their own funeral or to the bereaved’s family after their death.
Ashley Peden, Derby’s Head of Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to link up with a company that has been established in the city as long as G.Wathall & Son to work together and offer these services.
“For so many supporters, this football club is a huge and integral part of their lives and we are pleased that we can now offer supporters, and their families, a unique and memorable a funeral service to celebrate their loved ones life and memory.
“This initiative will also work with our RamsRemember scheme, which helps supporters pay tribute to their loved ones in a special way on a match day, with their names being shown around the stadium before kick off.”
Managing Director Helen Wathall is the fifth generation of her family to run the funeral directors in Macklin Street, Derby and has branches in Ashbourne, Borrowash and Alvaston.
She continued: “We are regularly asked by bereaved families to theme a funeral with black and white flowers reflecting their loved one’s passion for the Rams and I am delighted that we are now able to offer this special package exclusively with Derby County.
“Although a funeral is obviously a sad occasion, it is also a celebration of someone’s life and this will be very fitting for the many thousands of Derby County fans who have supported the club throughout their lives.”