St Luke’s Hospice is the lucky recipient of a cheque for £4,337 from Orbitas Bereavement Services who have raised the funds through a national recycling scheme.

The Metal Recycling Scheme is a national scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) which involves cremated metal remains being recycled with part of the proceeds donated to a charity of choice.

Cllr Rachel Bailey, Leader of the Council said:

“The recycling of metals following a cremation of a deceased person is being done with the written consent of each bereaved family. Following a cremation, the cremated remains may contain metal from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacement joints as well as items from the construction of the coffin. The metals, always with the consent of the bereaved family are recycled by the ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.”

Cllr David Marren, Chairman of Orbitas said:

“We provide a professional and caring service to all the bereaved whilst being aware of the environmental impact of cremation. The recycled metals scheme run by the ICCM since 2006 in partnership with a Dutch company called Orthometals, allows the donation of funds to charities and this reflects Bereavement Services’ ethos to make a difference to the communities we serve and to make the least impact on the environment.”

Community Partnerships Fundraiser, Carole Salmon added: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donation made by the staff at Orbitas; having the support of local companies like this helps the Hospice tremendously in delivering patient care in our community.”

St Luke’s would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the fundraising.