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 A Bit About Us


I was first introduced to the funeral profession in 2005, spending 2 weeks with York Co-op on a work experience placement, arranged by Huntington School. By the end of the placement I was in awe of the amazing people I had spent time with and I walked away knowing that I would return as soon as I was old enough to be taken seriously. 

I was fortunate enough to begin an administration role 3 years later, and within 6 months I began a Trainee Funeral Director & Mortuary Assistant role in which I qualified in 2011 with a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Funeral Directing & Management. I later went on to become an internal assessor helping my friends and colleagues to achieve their qualifications too. 

In 2013 I moved to Staffordshire to be with my now husband, Spence and his two daughters, Katie & Holly, where I spent 5 years managing various funeral homes across Staffordshire & Cheshire.

With a wealth of experience & knowledge I decided to return to my beloved city, the friends and peers that I came to value so much, and start the next chapter of my story. 

I believe that every funeral should be as unique as the life we are remembering, and that doesn't have to cost the earth. From a small gesture to specialised vehicles or a change to our usual formalwear, I am more than happy to discuss any ideas or requests you may have.

My funeral home is cosy and a tea or coffee is always only a few minutes away, alternatively I'm more than happy to come to you in the comfort of your own home.

Your loved ones funeral, your way.

With warmest regards,

Hayley Spencer


So Why Darley Funeral Directors?

Joyce & Barry Darley are my gran and grandad and have lived in Huntington & New Earswick for over 50 years.

They have 2 sons Kevin & David, and 1 daughter, Julie, who is my mum.

My family are my world, and have supported me through thick and thin. From my first thoughts of opening my own funeral home there was never a doubt that the Darley name would be above the door. 

You may find my mum, gran, auntie or step mum on the reception desk, my grandad tending to the hanging baskets or the odd plumbing failure. My dad, brothers, uncles and cousins will lead the team of bearers on the day of the funeral. We are a family firm and there is no other group of people I would rather have by my side.


From Our Family

To Yours

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