Blackpool Council has made a whopping donation to Brian House Children’s Hospice. Their part in the national crematorium metal recycling scheme raises £5,000 for Charity.
Brian House is the specialist children’s hospice for the whole of the Fylde coast, offering unique expert care and support that makes a huge difference to the most seriously ill and vulnerable children in the community.
The cheque was presented to Brian House by Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for cemeteries and the crematorium on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
Cremation Metal Recycling Scheme raises £5,000 for Charity
The charitable Metal Recycling Scheme run by the ICCM, involves the sale of recycled metal materials recovered following cremations, such as hip and knee replacements.
In the past, this metal was removed and buried in the grounds of the crematorium but this has become less acceptable on environmental grounds.
Families give their permission for the residual metals to be recycled via the nationally recognised scheme. Proceeds are shared between members such as Blackpool Council to donate to a charity of their choice.
The metals are collected by a specialist company called Orthometals who are responsible for collecting the metals from all the crematoria who are taking part in the scheme.
Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for cemeteries and the crematorium, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Brian House Children’s Hospice with this donation of £5,000.
“Brian House provides valuable support for seriously ill children and young people who have life-limiting conditions. This wonderful charity gives amazing help to every child and their families supporting them every step of the way.
“Brian House creates a home from home atmosphere and offers the very best care to children who live right here in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
“The money is presented with special thanks to the bereaved families who give their permission for metal to be recycled at the crematorium. It is a very sensitive subject but it’s heart-warming to know that this donation can contribute towards helping others.”
An innovative scheme
Carol Wylde, Clinical Manager of Brian House, received the cheque on behalf of the charity. She said: “We are extremely grateful to Blackpool Council for choosing to support us through this innovative recycling scheme.
“This amount of money makes a big difference to us here at Brian House, where it costs more than £1.2 million to keep our doors open every year – to allow children with incredibly challenging medical needs and conditions to have the chance to live life to the full; to play and have fun as every child should.”
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