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Our florists reveal some of their amazing creations made during lockdown

Our Floral teams have been working around the clock to ensure that families could still say goodbye to their loved ones with unique and personal floral tributes during these uncertain times.

During the pandemic colleagues had been helping in the Society’s food stores and funeral homes, as well as finding time to help families with advice and tips on creating natural arrangements from resources available in gardens.

However, since the start of June, they have been back to work designing and producing bespoke tributes that help celebrate the life of a relative or friend.

Some examples include:

· Lifesize animals and creatures including cats, frogs and butterflies

· A table sized Cadbury Dairy Milk bar

· A badminton racquet and replica court

· A recreation of a treasured motorbike

· A lifesize music note

Sue Carty, one of the many talented florists that work for Central England Co-op, said: “We really enjoy what we do and love being able to come up with wonderful creations to help honour the life of a loved one.

“These examples are just some of the hundreds that we are asked to make to honour the lives of loved ones all year round.

“We pride ourselves on always trying to accommodate what people want – no matter what it is – especially during these uncertain times when families are faced with strict measures on how they can say goodbye to a loved one.

“People often come in with a set idea or photo and then it is up to me and my team to see if we can make that happen.

“We love these challenges as it means we are able to indulge our creative side and come up with solutions.

“We really enjoy what we do and love to be able to come up with something wonderful to help honour the life of a loved one.”

We have florists in Birmingham, Droitwich, Kettering, Stafford, Leicester and support centres in Burton and Chesterfield and floral tributes for funerals can be ordered via any of our Funeral Homes.

People can find out more about our Floral offering by visiting www.centralengland.coop/florists

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