New £65,000 investment for crematorium

Pet Crematorium, Kirton, new part of business. Directors Clare and Craig Kerslake.

Pet Crematorium, Kirton, new part of business. Directors Clare and Craig Kerslake.

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A £65,000 investment in Lincolnshire’s first private pet cremation suite means grieving owners now have a place to say goodbye to their beloved companions.

The family-run Lincolnshire Pet Crematorium, in Meere’s Lane, has opened the suite, which mirrors the final stages of a human cremation.

Pet Crematorium, Kirton, new part of business.

Pet Crematorium, Kirton, new part of business.

Co-director Sylvia Carter said: “Our new private cremation suite makes the whole process much more transparent and easier to understand.

“For some people losing a much-loved pet is as hard as losing a family member.

“But with our new facility we’re able to offer them the best possible experience in saying goodbye to them, and give owners reassurance that they’re leaving with the ashes of their much loved pet.”

An official opening took place in April and Sylvia said: “All our customers who came to our launch were really impressed. Everyone said how lovely the setting and facility were, with views out across the garden.”

Sylvia and co-director husband Stephen will be taking a step back and handing over the running of the business to daughter Clare Kerslake and husband Craig.

The family run business first opened in 1989.

The new 10 ton stainless steel cremator came following customer feedback.

“The business is getting busier and busier since we started 27 years ago,” said Sylvia.

“Last year we carried out just under 3,000 private cremations using our existing facility, and this number increased to nearly 12,000 when you add in the number of vet referred cremations.

“The new investment means that the business has the capacity to grow in the future, and possibly take on more staff.”

The money for the investment was sourced through an HSBC business loan.

Ashes can be taken home, or scattered in the garden of remembrance. A wide range of urns are available.

With permission from the Home Office, above ground vaults can hold human and pet ashes together.

The land has been blessed by the local vicar, who continues to conductservices.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Simon Beardsley added: “It’s great to hear about an established Lincolnshire business like Lincolnshire Pet Crematorium successfully getting funding to expand their growing business.

“It is success stories like this which help paint a colourful picture of the real people behind Lincolnshire’s business community, and show the great achievements they can attain with the right support.”