CORSHAM funeral directors Aaron & Jonathon Bewley has been named the best medium-sized funeral planner in the West of England region.

The company picked up the award at this year’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards in Edinburgh, run by funeral plan provider Golden Charter.

Hosted by popular BBC Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce, the awards took place on Saturday, September at the National Museum of Scotland and featured a performance by the world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

In addition to the Funeral Planner of the Year accolade, the Woodland Trust has dedicated trees on behalf of Aaron & Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors, which are to be planted locally at Clanger Wood in Westbury in recognition of the company’s achievement.

Aaron Bewley, Director of Aaron & Jonathon Bewley, said: "It was a true honour to win such a prestigious award to recognise the services and advice we provide on funeral plans to the Wiltshire Community, and to meet Ken Bruce was an added bonus."

Golden Charter Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Grahame said: “The respected and caring work of independent funeral directors within their local communities often goes unrecognised and so it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the team at Aaron & Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors for their tremendous achievement in winning this award.

“The award recognises the excellent service this team has delivered to their local community, by helping individuals through the funeral plan process and supporting families when they need it the most.”

The Funeral Planner of the Year Awards celebrate the independent funeral directors who are excelling in promoting pre-paid funeral plans, and by doing so providing peace of mind for families that everything is taken care of.

To win the award, Aaron & Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors sold more than 250 funeral plans to its customers in Wiltshire. The company has offices in Corsham, Chippenham and Melksham.