Funeral Plans

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Flexible 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.

Or Call

01476 512457

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.

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

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Secure your 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.

*SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2017

** Projects by Golden Charter based on SunLife Cost of Dying research.

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).

Choose your cover

Everyone has different needs – and we provide a range of funeral plans designed to meet your requirements at a price you can afford.




Single Payment


Funeral Director

The Coffin*

High Quality

Collection and Transport*

Within Office Hours
24 Hours
24 Hours

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**

Any pre-arranged time
Any pre-arranged time
Any pre-arranged time

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


Professionally drafted Will

Want to pay Monthly?

Golden Charter offer a range of ways to pay for your funeral plan.




£49 deposit then 12 monthly payments.

£287.17 per month
£316.75 per month
£337.50 per month

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