Plan ahead

with a pre-paid funeral plan


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 supplier*, Golden Charter , to provide pre-paid funeral plans.

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Secure your funeral director’s services at today’s prices

Funeral costs are going up every year, with a 112% increase in average costs between 2004 and 2017.*

If this trend continues, the average cost of a basic funeral in 2026 could be more than £7,049.**

By choosing to purchase a  Funeral Plan you can secure your funeral director’s services included in the plan at today’s prices, with no more to pay for these however much they rise in the future.

If something happens to you, it will always be hard on your loved ones and a pre-paid funeral plan is a way of reducing stress and financial worries.

Why choose Mark Bates Ltd?


We understand that this will be an important consideration in your life, so we can provide a plan from Golden Charter which meets your wishes and can help provide peace of mind.

Exclusive online funeral designer

Exclusive Online Funeral Designer

When you purchase a funeral plan through Mark Bates 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.
  • Exclusive to Mark Bates Ltd customers
    You only get access to our funeral designer app when you buy a Funeral Plan through Mark Bates Ltd.

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.

Proven track record.

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).

*Based on recent market share of funeral plans sold.  For details please see Funeral Planning Authority statistics 2017 and Golden Charter Annual Report 2016/17. 

  • Peace of mind
    Knowing that arrangements are in place so your loved ones have less to deal with at a difficult time.
  • 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.
  • Respecting your wishes
    Golden Charter works with over 3,000 independent funeral directors across the UK offering you a local and professional service.
  • Payment
    Flexible payment methods to suit you circumstances, including monthly payments.
  • Save money
    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.
Peace of mind for you and your loved ones

Will included

A Will is included with all plans apart from the Value Plan, so you can make sure all of your future wishes are known.

Choose a plan that suits you



Standard

† Pay monthly from

£16.45

  • The funeral director
  • Advice and guidance
    on all aspects of the funeral arrangements
  • A simple coffin
  • Care of the deceased
    prior to burial or cremation (excludes embalming)
  • Transportation of the deceased
    to a suitable resting place (during normal office hours)
  • The funeral service at a local cemetery or cremation
  • Hearse only
  • An allowance of £1100
    towards third party costs at the time of the funeral
  • Will
  • Bereavement advice
    24 hour funeral director telephone support for the bereaved
  • Family viewing
    Family viewing at any pre-arranged time

Select

† Pay monthly from

£18.15

  • Funeral Directors Services
  • Bereavement advice
    24 hour funeral director telephone support for the bereaved
  • A high quality coffin
  • Care of the deceased
    prior to burial or cremation (excludes embalming)
  • Transportation of the deceased
    to a suitable resting place
  • Family viewing
    (during office hours)
  • The funeral service at a local cemetery or cremation
  • Hearse and one limousine provision
  • An allowance of £1100
    towards third party costs at the time of the funeral
  • Will
  • Advice and guidance
    on all aspects of the funeral arrangements

Premier

† Pay monthly from

£19.34

  • Funeral Directors Services
  • Bereavement advice
    24 hour funeral director telephone support for the bereaved
  • A superior coffin
  • Care of the deceased
    prior to burial or cremation (excludes embalming)
  • Transportation of the deceased
    to a suitable resting place
  • Family viewing
    (during office hours)
  • The funeral service at a local cemetery or cremation
  • Hearse and two limousine provision
  • An allowance of £1100
    towards third party cost at the time of the funeral
  • A full listing of floral tributes
  • Will
  • Advice and guidance
    on all aspects of the funeral arrangements

† The pay monthly prices are representative based on a 50 year old, paying by Low Cost Instalments with a £49 deposit.

 

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