A FUNERAL directors has launched an appeal to reunite families with the uncollected ashes of loved ones in Stirling.

More than 150 sets of ashes have been left unclaimed across Scotland at Fosters Family Funeral Directors – including in Stirling, with some dating back as far as 2005.

Lorna Montgomery, branch manager at the funeral directors, said: “There can be many reasons why ashes are not collected immediately.

“In some instances we are asked to keep them so they can be scattered alongside the ashes of another family member at a later date.

“However, funerals can be hard for grieving families and sometimes coming in to collect ashes can prove difficult.

“There are also cases where people have simply moved address and it can be challenging for us to trace them.

“We would love to help reunite people with the ashes of their loved ones in Stirling, especially at this time of year and that’s why we are calling on families to get in touch.”

Anyone looking to enquire about unclaimed ashes can call the local branch on 01786 239 888 or the care line on 0800 121 8090.