Blackpool’s cremation recycling scheme raises £8,000 for charity. Blackpool Council has donated the money to Doherty’s Destiny charity as part of the national crematorium metal recycling scheme. Pictured above: Cllr Maria Kirkland (2nd left) presents the cheque.
The cheque was presented to Doherty Destiny 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 Recycling Scheme Raises £8,000 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.
A Worthwhile Cause
Doherty’s Charity was set up in memory of teenager James Doherty who took his own life. The support group helps raise awareness of mental health issues in young people and those bereaved by suicide.
The charity is run by his mother Joanne Doherty who commented, “On the 10 August 2016 my son took his own life at the age of 16.
“I spent many months trying to find help on the Fylde coast to take me through a journey no-one should ever go through alone. This was an impossible journey as I found no support locally.
“Since my son took his own life I wanted to open a support group to help others in the same position as myself. I’ve had to wait three years to open a suicide bereavement group which was successfully opened in July of this year.
Help for people in need
“On the first opening we had 15 people walk through the door, which showed how much this group is needed in our community. I’ve also been raising money to help with suicide prevention which has enabled me to put a much needed sign in a hot spot area to sign post anyone in need.”
Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for cemeteries and the crematorium, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Doherty’s Destiny charity with this donation of £8,000.
“The charity provides valuable support to people affected by the death of a family member or friend. It’s heartwarming to know that this donation can contribute towards helping others who have suffered a tragic loss.
“The money is presented with special thanks to the bereaved families who give their permission for metal to be recycled at the crematorium.”
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