A TEENAGER travelled more than 300 miles for a week’s work experience in Dunbar as a funeral director.

Victoria Dams, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, visited Final Journey Cremation Funerals after being unable to get a placement closer to home.

The 16-year-old – who wants to be an embalmer – learnt about their mortuary facility, coffin workshop and private chapel of rest as also enjoyed a tour of Mortonhall Crematorium and the Police Mortuary.

Company owner Ewan Reynolds said: “I was taken aback when I got the message from Victoria’s mum to ask if I would offer work experience.

“I could not help but think back to when I was still at high school and how difficult I found it to get into the funeral profession so I wanted to give something back.

“Even though Victoria is only 16 years old, she is a very keen, passionate and caring individual who shows great empathy and respect and those are all very good qualities to have. We wish her all the best for her future.”

Victoria’s mum Lorrain added: “After finding Ewan on a funeral information forum, and speaking to him about my daughter Victoria and telling him how no funeral company has been willing to offer her work experience where we stay, I was very happy to accompany her to Dunbar and accept Ewan’s offer for a week’s placement.

“He is such a kind-hearted person and we will always be very grateful for all he has done for us.”