St Helena Hospice has received a £7,000 donation, thanks to Colchester Crematorium’s participation in a national recycling scheme.
Each year the Institute of Crematorium and Cemetery Management (ICCM) scheme, which Colchester Crematorium joined a year ago, asks members to nominate a charity to receive a share of the cash from the combined sale of metals recovered by crematoriums nationwide.
St Helena was chosen as one of several charities supported by this year’s Mayoress, Mrs Ann Chillingworth.
The ICCM scheme recycles metals – typically iron and steel used in the manufacture of coffins, or harder metals, like titanium, used for surgical implants – which survive the cremation process.
The Mayoress presented the £7,000 cheque to Sarah Wilson, Corporate Fundraising Manager at St Helena, in a ceremony on 7 March 2019 also attended by Cllr Beverley Oxford, Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customers.
Mayoress Mrs Ann Chillingworth said: “I am delighted and extremely grateful to ICCM for supporting our nomination and awarding St Helena such a generous amount from its metal recycling scheme.
“I’m certain all the bereaved families who helped make this donation possible will welcome it being used to support the hospice, which does such wonderful work to care for people in the final stages of life and their families.”
Cllr Beverley Oxford added: “I’m so very proud of the work our bereavement service provides all year round and the substantial amount of money it has helped to raise for St Helena since joining the recycling scheme.
“It can be comforting for families to know, during what is an unbearably difficult time, that the passing of a loved one can contribute to such an important and enduring legacy – both for the charities that benefit financially from the scheme but also by helping to recycle and conserve scarce natural resources.”
Sarah Wilson said: “We are so grateful to be chosen to receive this generous donation. We rely on our local community for two-thirds of our funding, so receiving donations such as this is vital to ensure we can continue to care for local people facing incurable illness and bereavement. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the members of the scheme that voted for St Helena.”
ICCM’s recycled metals scheme, which began in 2006 in partnership with Dutch company Orthometals, has donated more than £2m to charities up and down the country. Read more about the ICCM scheme, here.