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A North Devon hospital charity, Over and Above, is the latest charity to benefit from the North Devon Crematorium’s role in a national metal recycling scheme.

Today, (Monday 13 December), representatives from the charity were presented with a cheque for £15,000 from the proceeds of the crematorium’s recycling scheme, which enables metals from cremated remains to be safely recycled.

The money will be put towards The Fern Centre which provides support to those who have received a cancer diagnosis and their families. 

Chair of North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Helen Walker, says: "We are thrilled to present this brilliant amount of money to our local hospital charity. This centre, which we are very fortunate to have in North Devon, allows cancer patients and their families access to information, therapy, counselling and other support as well as enabling them the opportunity to stay close to home through a difficult time. I'm sure the money will be well spent."

Over and Above Fundraiser, Julie Whitton, says: “We are overwhelmed with the generous donation from ICCM Metals Recycling Scheme.  This money will help the team within The Fern Centre provide support to anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis and is living with and beyond cancer as well as their partners, carers and children. We are specialised in working with the grief and trauma that this diagnosis brings and this money will help us enable patients and their families to live as fully as possible and to manage the anxiety that they may face.” 

Over and Above is the registered working name of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund. To find out more about the work they do, telephone 01271 311772 or email: ndht.charity@nhs.net

The metal recycling scheme is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and is only carried out with the consent of the bereaved.

Photographed left to right: Councillor Helen Walker, Mark Drummond - Bereavement (Crematorium) Manager, Julie Whitton - Senior Charity Officer for Over and Above