A charitable scheme run through Mintlyn Crematorium has helped boost bereavement support for children and young people across Norfolk after a donation of £4,412.
The scheme, which is operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, involved the recycling of metal from medical implants after cremation, with permission of the deceased’s family.
Twice a year, the Institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
Borough mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Watson, said: “Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is an experience that can be extremely traumatic, particularly for young people. We are pleased to be able to support, in some small way, the fantastic work that Nelson’s Journey does to support bereaved children in Norfolk.”
Nelson’s Journey was founded in 1997 by a group of Norfolk social workers to support bereaved children by providing therapeutic breaks and the opportunity to talk to professionals and other bereaved children.
Carol Plunkett , funding officer for Nelson’s Journey, said: “We are very grateful to Mintlyn Crematorium for participating in this scheme and for choosing us as a beneficiary.
“This amount of money could provide the resources required to provide an intensive weekend of bereavement activities for over 24 children and young people, providing them with coping strategies and tools, opportunities to remember their special person, talk about their experiences and meet other children in similar circumstances.”
In the five years that Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme, around £20,000 has been donated to local charities.