Anger as Debenhams launches Divorce Gift List service

A new gift list that 'celebrates' the end of a marriage is causing outrage among pro-family groups

There are bound to be tough times when any relationship comes to an end, but take comfort in the thought that a new Gift List service could mean you leave the marital home with a host of sparkling news belongings.

The new service recently introduced by Debenhams was apparently inspired by the rise of celebrities like Katie Price and Heather Mills celebrating the end of their marriages with parties and presents.

The service aims to help those leaving the marital home who may be without essential items such as toasters, kettles and irons as they start afresh.

Debenhams spokesperson Ruth Attridge, said: We are not encouraging people to get divorced, but unfortunately it is a fact of life.

‘Some people may have got married or started living together as soon as they left their parents’ home. So if they split up they may be facing the prospect of living alone for the first time in their lives.’

But not everyone is so pleased by this revolutionary idea. According to pro-family groups, the move will only trivialize this serious and sad event – particularly if children are involved.

The director of the Family Educational Trust, Norman Wells, said: ‘Instead of going out of our way to glorify divorce, Debenhams could simply have established a ‘setting up a new home’ gift list which could cover any and every eventuality.

The service comes special features, such as ‘congratulations on your divorce greetings cards and divorce parties with a special cake.

 

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