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FD Darren goes the extra mile

Monday, 13 August 2012


Darren Barker is the manager of Anglia Co-operative*, St Neots. When the family of a little girl who died last year found out how much it would cost to have the Gruffalo painted on her coffin, Darren offered to do it for them. He gave up his days off to do it.

Says local celebrant Viv O’Neil: “He always gives 120% and gets so upset if anything goes wrong.”

The first draft of this piece mistakenly named Co-operative Funeralcare as Darren’s employer

4 comments on “FD Darren goes the extra mile

  1. andrew plume

    Wednesday 15th August 2012 at 12:05 pm

    a very decent story, particularly as the past antics of Anglia Coop funerals have graced these pages in less than a flattering and caring style

    Anglia are of course a very distinct operation from the ‘much commented on’ Coop f’care


  2. Tuesday 14th August 2012 at 12:11 am

    Well done Darren, that was so kind and considerate. Darren isn’t the only co-op employee to give up his days off for a family. I hope the Co- op appreciates the quality and value of these guys as much as the families do…

  3. Monday 13th August 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Yes indeed. Great to have people like Darren who care and who go the extra mile (and just round the corner) 🙂

  4. Monday 13th August 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hats off to Darren, and to the GFG for being open to portraying the good stuff that the co-op does too.

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