Eastbourne Borough Council runs the Crematorium in Langney, which is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) that administers the scheme.
The proceeds are being donated to the Closer to You project which is being run by St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The hospice provides palliative and end of life care to adults with life-limiting illnesses in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.
Closer to You aims to support more patients and their families in their own homes with specialist nursing and personal care, increased wellbeing and independence through one to one and group support in local settings, and build mutual support and local networks through volunteer befriending and community support.
With the bereaved family’s consent, metals left behind following the cremation process such as orthopaedic implants, like hip or knee replacement joints, as well as small items from the construction of the coffin are collected and taken for recycling by Orthometals on behalf of the ICCM. The proceeds are then shared between its members to donate to the charity of their choice.