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Crematorium recycling scheme benefits families in grief

[Thursday 30 August 2012]

Photo - Families in Grief receiving their cheque

The North Devon Crematorium has secured a large donation for a local bereavement charity, thanks to its role in a national recycling scheme.

Families in Grief (FIG), based in Northam, is set to receive £4,000 from the proceeds of the scheme, which sees metals removed and recycled following cremations, generating funds for charitable giving.

The scheme, which is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, is only carried out with the consent of the bereaved. It sees metals from the construction of the coffin and orthopaedic implants removed from the cremated remains, and safely recycled. The scheme also has a positive environmental impact, preventing harmful pollutants being buried in the ground.

Chris Beach, Manager of the North Devon Crematorium, says: “I'm really pleased that we have been able to nominate Families in Grief to benefit from the proceeds of our recycling scheme. I would hope that the bereaved families who gave consent for the metals to be recycled will take comfort in knowing that the donation will make a difference not only in environmental terms but also in helping FIG support children and young people who have experienced a loss of a loved one."

Chairman of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Simon Inch, says: “I hope this donation will help many families, both in Torridge and North Devon, to receive support when they lose a loved one. The charity does a great job supporting children and young people who have lost someone close to them.”

Catherine Langford, Chair of Trustees from FIG, says: “We are overwhelmed and so grateful to receive this donation - we are all volunteers running our small charity and this amount of money will make a huge difference to the way we can support the children, young people and families of North Devon and Torridge who have been bereaved. Thank you very much indeed."

This is the second donation the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee has secured this year. In January, the committee donated over £4,000 to the Childrens Hospice South West through the metal recycling scheme.

Photo Left to Right: Councillor Simon Inch - Chair of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Nicky Geddes - Trustee FIG, Chris Beach - Registrar North Devon Crematorium, Catherine Langford - Chair of Trustees FIG and Sue Williamson - Volunteer Co-ordinator FIG.
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