SAIF responds to funeral director’s breach of trust

August 9, 2016   //   No Comments

In response to the sentencing of funeral director Alison Pople, who stole more than £14,000 donated to charity, Terry Tennens, Chief Executive of SAIF, commented: “Ms Pople deceived people who generously donated their money to support those most in need. The severity of this terrible crime cannot be overstated. It is incredibly disheartening to see a funeral director acting in such a dishonest way and to know charities have missed out on essential financial support that makes a real difference to those they support.

“I would like to reassure the public that such instances in the funeral industry are incredibly rare. I have seen first-hand the incredible work of our 870 members who raise thousands of pounds every year to support their local charities. We are all shocked and appalled by the actions of Ms Pople and we stand together to support those affected by her crime.

“SAIF independent funeral directors pride themselves on providing a high quality and professional funeral service to bereaved families during what is often the most difficult time of their life. All our members follow a strict Code of Practice and they are regularly inspected to ensure they comply with all our policies and procedures with regard to collecting and donating money to charitable causes. We will always take immediate and appropriate action in the rare instance that the behaviour of any member is brought into question.”