Rishi Sunak opens new funeral services enterprise

A NEW firm of funeral directors has opened in Northallerton pledging to bring down the cost of saying farewell to a loved one.

Robinson and Parfitt has opened its doors in Crosby Road and is run by two former employees at the Friarage Hospital.

Partners Amanda Robinson and Ilona Parfitt established the business in 2017 but only moved into dedicated premises in the centre of Northallerton last month when the official opening was performed by Rishi Sunak MP.

Miss Robinson, who previously worked in the Friarage Hospital and James Cook hospital mortuaries, said her previous experience had shown how important it was to guide the bereaved through the difficult process of arranging a funeral for a loved on.

She said: “We know only too well the trauma of this time and the financial burden of a funeral can add to the stress. We do our best to keep costs down and offer all the support people need at such a difficult period.”

The opening ceremony at Croft House, Crosby Road, was attended by family members, friends and the Mayor of Northallerton, Cllr John Forrest.

Mr Sunak cut a ribbon to declare the refurbished premises open and wished the partners the best of luck with their new venture.

He said: “I have been most impressed with the empathetic approach of Amanda and Ilona to their customers and I congratulate them on their entrepreneurial spirit in lunching their new business. I hope it is very successful.”