Money raised from a scrap metal recycling scheme has led to a generous £1,500 donation being made to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The money was handed over by Rodney Clark-Ward, site manager of the Westerleigh Group’s Cromer Crematorium.
The Holt Road crematorium is one of 38 run by the group, from Scotland to the Isle of Wight. It has three in East Anglia, including West Suffolk Crematorium, in Bury St Edmunds, and Cam Valley Crematorium, near Saffron Walden.
When cremations take place, families are asked if they are willing for certain metals to be sent abroad, melted down and recycled.
The crematorium then receives a lump sum which is donated to a charity or charities of its choice.
Rodney said: “The recyclable metals include things like coffin nails and knee and hip joints.
“It could even come from the pin or screw placed into the bone when someone has an operation on a broken femur.
“When a family is completing the notes before a cremation, they’re asked if they’re willing for those metals to be sent abroad for recycling.
“Loved ones very rarely want those materials back. It saves the metal being sent to landfill and helps raise money for a worthy cause.”
The Westerleigh Group is the largest develop and operator of crematoria in the UK and the Cromer site raised £7,500.
That sum was split between five great causes, with £1,500 being sent to EACH.
“It’s a great cause and very much part of our community here in north Norfolk,” added Rodney.
“I don’t have a personal connection but I have children of my own, albeit now grown up.
“I’m also very aware of The Nook hospice and followed the fundraising appeal very closely because it was so well publicised, particularly given the Royal Patronage with The Duchess of Cambridge.”
Rodney handed his cheque to EACH Senior Corporate Fundraiser Caroline Allen.
Caroline said: “We’re very grateful to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the metal recycling scheme and our thanks go to Rodney and the Westerleigh Group.
“This money will help us continue our work supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.”