Council Nominates St Wilfrid’s Closer to You Project To Benefit From Metal Recycling Scheme

Another £5,000 has been handed over to charity, thanks to Eastbourne Crematorium’s participation in a national metal recycling scheme, bringing the total donations to nearly £25,000.

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.

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Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Lead for Direct Assistance Services, said: “This donation proves the success of the scheme and reflects the kindness of the bereaved who have consented to allow the metals to be collected as part of the scheme. This is the first time that the crematorium has nominated a specific scheme to receive the money and I’m sure the Closer to You project will make a big difference to the lives of people in our community.”

St Wilfrid’s corporate fundraiser, Simon Cosham, was delighted to accept the money on the charity’s behalf and said: “Thank you so much for such a generous donation! Through our Closer to You campaign we plan to expand our care to reach more people in the towns and villages across East Sussex making care accessible to elderly people while increasing the awareness of the care that is available. Donations like this will enable us to do so, benefitting more people in our catchment area.”