West Norfolk Council’s crematorium has donated £4,321 to East Anglian Children’s Hospices.
The money has been raised through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) Recycling of Metals Scheme, of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member.
Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
In the five years that Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme, around £20,000 has been donated to local charities.
This year, staff at Mintlyn Crematorium chose to support East Anglian Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Nook Appeal.
Councillor David Pope, cabinet member for ICT, leisure and public space, said: “We are delighted that West Norfolk Council can support EACH by making this donation, and we congratulate them on the excellent work they do for young people and their families in Norfolk.”
James Bacon, corporate fundraiser at EACH, said “We are so grateful for the support of West Norfolk council.
“Their support will make a huge difference to making our vision of a new hospice for local life-threatened children and their families a reality.
“We need the support of all sectors of the Norfolk community - individuals, schools, community groups, and of course the business sector.”
The Nook Appeal is to raise funds for “the nook”, a brand new hospice for young people set in an idyllic five-acre woodland plot.
EACH have been providing care at their Quidenham hospice for more than 20 years, and have supported a huge number of Norfolk families.
But the demand on their services is ever-increasing, and they are rapidly outgrowing the building.
EACH have planning permission to build the nook in Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich, in a wonderfully tranquil setting.