A charity offering help and support to bereaved parents has received a £5,000 boost thanks to Worthing Crematorium.
The Worthing Borough Council-run service donated the money after receiving funds from the national recycling scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
This sees residual metals, such as those found within the coffin and orthopaedic implants such as knee and hip joints, collected following a cremation. They are then recycled in accordance to strict Environment Agency guidelines.
Run since 2006 in partnership with a Dutch company called Orthometals, all surplus funds are then donated to charities.
This year Worthing Crematorium staff decided to support Brighton and Worthing SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), which is a group of volunteers offering help and support to bereaved parents in Brighton & Hove and Worthing.
Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, presented the cheque to Michelle Simpson, from the charity, earlier this week.
Cllr Guest said “I’m delighted to be able to hand over this cheque to such a vital group in our community.
“This reflects the ethos of our bereavement service team to make a difference to the communities we serve while reducing our impact on the environment.”
Historically the residual metal found after cremation was buried within the crematorium grounds. However, providing consent is provided by family members, these metals can now be sensitively disposed of by other means, such as the manufacture of new orthopaedic implants.
Every year, Orthometals calculates how much has been recycled in each area and presents the money to the cremation authority to pass on to a bereavement related charity.
To find out more visit http://www.brightonandworthingsands.org.uk