Steve & Michelles Baby Coronation Street


Been watching the scenes in Coronation Street closely this week and been a big topic of conversation at R Banks & Son (Funerals Ltd). Sadly these issues are all too real, and there is support out there and some fantastic charities doing work with families affected by stillbirth & neonatal death. SANDS, The Lily Mae Foundation, & Tommy’s who are all funded by charitable donations from the public, and don’t receive as wide spread publicity as some of the bigger charities. We urge anyone who found these scenes even just slightly emotional give what you can to these amazing charities who provide invaluable help to those families at need.

There is also an incentive in place by Angel Wings baby & child loss support provide cuddle cots to local hospitals, children’s hospitals, hospices etc to provide special units called cuddle cots (featured in recent episodes, the blue pipes and unit seen attached to the Moses basket) we at R Banks & Son Funerals Wigan are lucky enough to have been allocated one of these units designed to allow bereaved parents extra time to bond with their baby by using these specially designed climate control cots this Time allows the family to form an important bond with their baby; whether changing a nappy, dressing the baby, taking photographs or simply just staying close and this unquestionably helps families in dealing with their loss. So please if anyone feels they can make a donation to any of the above charities you’d be making a huge difference to someone, you may not realise it but you would.

You can learn more about Angel Wings baby & Child loss support by visiting their Facebook page here Angel Wings Baby & Child Loss Support

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Funeral Plans By R Banks & Son Funerals.


We understand that it’s hard to think about your funeral. But here at R Banks & Son Funerals, we offer Golden Charter Funeral Plans, which are a safe, simple way to plan ahead that can save your family worry and expense. It can also really help make things easier for your loved ones at a difficult time. And as our plan holders often tell us, that can be a big weight off your mind.

How do funeral plans work?

A funeral plan allows you to pay the cost of the funeral director’s services at today’s prices and gives you more control over your funeral arrangements. We believe it’s important for you to get the funeral you want, and for your family to receive a genuinely personal service when it really counts. So when you purchase your plan you can rest assured that we will personally take care of every single one of your requests. When the time comes, just one phone call to us will activate your plan. Everything will then be carried out according to your wishes.

Why should I get a funeral plan?

Some reasons as to why it is important to have a funeral plan in place.

Avoid rising funeral costs.

Nobody wants their family to face money worries in the future. But funeral costs have risen by 88% over the last ten years, and while the average cost of a funeral in 2004 was £1,920, by 2014 it was £3,609*. At this rate, the average cost of a funeral in 2024 could be more than £6,800. *The average cost of a funeral in the UK. Source: Mintel 2014.

Peace of mind for you and your family.

At a stressful time, it could help your family avoid difficult decisions – and prevent any financial worries over how to pay for the funeral costs.

Save money by acting today.

That’s why it pays to act now. With a plan from Golden Charter, no matter how much the price of your funeral director’s services increase in the future, your family will have nothing more to pay for the services included in your plan – guaranteed. And the sooner you take out a plan, the greater the saving could be.

What’s included in a funeral plan? 

  • The funeral director’s services
  • Advice on the certification and registration of the death and related documentation
  • The coffin
  • Transportation of the deceased to a suitable resting place within a 15 mile radius
  • Care of the deceased prior to burial or cremation
  • Use of a chapel of rest or service rooms
  • A hearse to a local cemetery or crematorium
  • Confidential assistance with bereavement counselling, if required
  • A Will for you, a family member or a friend which will be reviewed by our legal team.

 Taking out a plan for a loved one

If you wish, you can take out a funeral plan for someone else in your family. All you need to do is complete the ‘plan holder’s representative’ section of the application process. If you prefer not to discuss this with your loved one, we guarantee complete confidentiality unless you choose to pay by fixed monthly payments in which case the plan holder will be contacted directly by AXA Wealth Ltd.

Your investment is protected

Golden Charter are proud to be registered with the Funeral Planning Authority and follow their Code of Practice. Also, we’re the only funeral plan provider recommended by the National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). With a Golden Charter Funeral Plan, your payments are completely protected. Your money is paid into the Golden Charter Trust, which is run by an independent Board of Trustees who manage the Trust’s funds on behalf of our plan holders and safeguard future payments to funeral directors. When the time comes, the funeral director’s services included in your plan are guaranteed to be covered.  Or paid to a UK life assurance company for the fixed monthly payment option.

Still like to know more?

Then contact one of our dedicated Funeral directors now on one of the following:

Telephone: 01942 222156


R Banks & Son Funeral Directors cover the whole of the Wigan borough, through: Atherton Abram; Atherleigh; Leigh North; Leigh South; Leigh West Hindley; Hindley Green Douglas; Pemberton; Worsley Mesnes; Ince-in-Makerfield; Wigan Central; Wigan West; Astley; Mosley Common; Tyldesley; Aspull-New Springs; Whelley; Shevington; Standish Lower Ground; Standish with Langtree; Orrell; Winstanley; Golborne and Lowton. The Chorley Borough through: Adlington, Anderton, Anglezarke, Astley Village, Bretherton, Brindle, Charnock Richard, Clayton-le-Woods, Coppull, Croston, Cuerden, Eccleston, Euxton, Heapey, Heath Charnock, Heskin, Hoghton, Mawdesley, Rivington, Ulnes Walton, Wheelton, Whittle-le-Woods, and Withnell. And finally our Upholland funeral directors Skelmersdale

R Banks & Son Funeral Directors Wigan


Established, and serving the local community since 1921, R Banks & Son (Funerals)

Ltd, now boasts nine branches across the area, and is still the largest local

Independent Funeral Director for miles around.


When bereavement happens, you need someone to trust at such a difficult time, and thanks to old fashioned family values, a sympathetic attitude and true professionalism, R. Banks & Son Independent Funeral Directors Wigan have built a reputation for excellence and dependability in often tragic circumstances. For over 90 years, our company have served local people with a compassionate, professional approach to our work, helping families cope with the difficult decisions involved in funeral. The services we offer at R Banks & Son Funeral Directors Wigan include a full estimate of the costs incurred for funerals, advice and information on the documentation and the different options available, and for the conveyance of the deceased to one of their private chapels, which will be available until the day of the funeral.


We always have a member of staff available to help with any questions or wishes you may have, and every aspect is taken care of with dignity and sympathy, giving complete peace of mind to the family, and ensuring each funeral is tailored to the wishes of the family, and is as individual as the person who has died.

When you’re upset, it’s easy to forget an important piece of information, or something your loved one may have wanted at their funeral, so it’s essential, and a welcome relief to have someone who can help you remember these details.


Here at R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Wigan we also offer the ‘Golden Charter ‘prepay, and pre-arrangement funeral option, to help people plan for their funeral in advance. A thoughtful and sensible approach to what happens when you die. Please email for more details.


Monuments are a lasting tribute to our loved ones, and sometimes choosing the right one can be overwhelming without professional, impartial help and advice. As Monumental Masons, R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Wigan can also provide a wide range of beautiful headstones and memorials throughout the Chorley & Preston Borough, which can be ordered in-house. Using the highest quality granite stones, and time served traditional methods, our skilled team of professional monumental masons will help you create a beautifully elegant and fitting memorial, as individual as the person you lost. Helping you to choose the look and wording on the memorial is an important part of the service offered, and ensures your complete peace of mind. R. Banks & Son Funeral Directors Wigan are now able to offer new finance packages for funerals and memorials, and believe they are the first Funeral Directors in the country to offer this service. Finance can be arranged from 0% APR, and may be taken over various lengths of time, up to 48 months. Finance is subject to status, and written details are available on request. Please speak to Gareth Jones for more details.

You can contact him at head office Wigan  on 01257 793880 or alternatively you can email him here