Plan ahead

with a pre-paid funeral plan


Mark Bates Ltd have a long and trusted history providing specialist policies for the elderly and have therefore teamed up with market leaders Golden Charter to provide pre-paid funeral plans.

Funeral costs are going up every year

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

Funeral costs are going up every year, with a 92% increase in average costs between 2004 and 2015.*

If this trend continues, the average cost of a basic funeral in 2025 could be more than £6,713.**

By choosing to purchase a 50+ 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 gives you 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 a framed photo of your choice to be displayed to the congregation.
  • Leave messages for loved ones
    Write a message to everyone or leave personal messages to individuals.
  • Choose the funeral you want
    Request your favourite hymns, poems, readings and music.
  • Update anytime
    Change any of your selections anytime.
  • Download or Print
    Keep 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 50+ Funeral Plan through Mark Bates Ltd.

Proven track record.

Golden Charter is the UK's largest pre-paid funeral plan provider, is registered with The Funeral Planning Authority and is recommended by The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).

  • 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 Scottish Friendly.
  • Respecting your wishes
    Golden Charter works with over 3,300 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 every plan, so you can make sure all of your future wishes are known.

Choose a plan that suits you



Standard

† Pay monthly from

£27.04

  • The funeral director's services
  • 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)
  • Cremation or burial
  • Hearse only
  • An allowance of £940
    towards third party costs at the time of the funeral
  • Will
  • Bereavement advice book

Select

† Pay monthly from

£30.60

  • Funeral Directors Services
  • Advice and guidance
    on all aspects of the funeral arrangements
  • 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)
  • Cremation or burial
  • Hearse and one limousine provision
  • An allowance of £940
    towards third party costs at the time of the funeral
  • Will
  • Confidential advice
    concerning bereavement counselling

Premier

† Pay monthly from

£33.73

  • Funeral Directors Services
  • Advice and guidance
    on all aspects of the funeral arrangements
  • 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)
  • Cremation or burial
  • Hearse and two limousine provision
  • An allowance of £940
    towards third party cost at the time of the funeral
  • A full listing of floral tributes
  • Will
  • Confidential advice
    concerning bereavement counselling

† Amount varies depending on age, payment type and plan content.


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