Wannabe funeral director leads her first cortege

Aimee Poole, of Gibson & Wood Funeral Service, Railway Exchange, Hetton,  leading her first funeral
Aimee Poole, of Gibson & Wood Funeral Service, Railway Exchange, Hetton, leading her first funeral
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A WANNABE funeral director desperate to pursue her dream career has led her first funeral.

It’s not an obvious career choice for a 23-year-old, but Aimee Poole has wanted to be in the business since she was a young girl.

Laughed at by career advisors, Aimee, from Newbottle, turned to the Echo for help. And a year after we first featured her story, she has led the cortege for a funeral.

Gibson & Wood Funeral Directors spotted Aimee in the paper and for the past 12 months she has been learning the ropes at the firm’s base in Hetton on a work experience basis. She said: “The past year has just confirmed that this is what I want to do. It’s so difficult to get a job in the industry, as a lot of it is family businesses, so people do it until they die.”

Aimee juggles her funeral role with working front of house at the Sunderland Empire.

“Whenever I say ‘be a funeral director’ they are always really shocked,” said Aimee. “I’m always looking for permanent jobs, I’m prepared to move across the country to do it.” Though Gibson & Wood don’t have a permanent position to offer Aimee, owner Rudi Wood, said: “Leading a funeral is such a big responsibility.

“It’s like a wedding, you will never get the chance to do it again for the family so you have to get it right. I am thrilled to bits with Aimee, I feel like a proud father.”

Aimee, a former St Robert of Newminster School pupil, added: “My friends wanted to be things like nurses and midwives and help people. I want to help people at the end of their life. I’ve always thought that it’s a really fulfilling, being one of the last people to help a person.”