Funeral fund for ex-armed forces

Andrew Percy MP
Andrew Percy MP

A special fund to meet the costs of ex-armed forces personnel who die without an estate or family to meet the costs of their funeral, has been set up by North Lincolnshire Council.

The move came following the plight of a former Royal Marine from Crowle, who died without either funds in place or family to help out.

Following the intervention of Isle MP Andrew Percy and Axholme North Coun John Briggs, North Lincolnshire Council agreed to establish a fund to meet the reasonable funeral costs of ex armed forces personnel who die without the means to pay for a funeral.

The fund also follows the council’s commitment to the armed forces through the signing of an armed forces convenant, that sets out its commitment to both serving and former personnel.

Mr Percy said: “I became aware of the circumstances of my late constituent Mr Clarke, who had served as a Royal Marine for 10 years and had died in Lindsey Lodge Hospice without family to arrange and meet his funeral costs. Working with Coun John Briggs we approached Coun Liz Redfern to see what the council could do to support residents in similar circumstances, and I am pleased that Liz has worked with us to establish a budget to provide help in the future.”

Coun John Briggs added: “This budget means that if a North Lincolnshire resident who has served their county in the armed forces dies without family and the means to meet their reasonable funeral costs, then the council fund can be used to provide a dignified funeral as a mark of respect to the service they provided to our area and our country.”