FOUR local charities and organisations have been given donations totalling more than £13,000 by The Vale Crematorium which it raised as part of its metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at each of the 34 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group is used to support local worthy causes.
The Vale Crematorium has donated £3,300 each to Nathan Tomkins Trust, St Richard’s Hospice and Footsteps, and £3,324.27 to Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The charities were all chosen by members of staff at the crematorium, including site manager Catherine Linfield, who chose Footsteps, which supports bereaved children, young people and their families in Worcestershire following the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their life.
Catherine said: “I’ve had many connections with Footsteps in the past, and admire the valuable guidance and support their provide to help children and young people manage their grief.
“Nathan Tomkins Trust was chosen by Mandy who was involved in Nathan’s funeral, so it is something that is close to her heart.
“The charity was set up in his memory to support mental health awareness in young people across Worcestershire and the Three Counties.
“Acorns Children’s Hospice was chosen by Jason, who has always supported children’s charities, with his immediate family members having connections with them.
“Acorns has cared for more than 780 children in the past year, and supported more than 1,220 family members across the West Midlands, including those who are bereaved.
“St Richard’s Hospice was chosen by Adam, having spent most of his career in bereavement. He has many connections with this hospice and, in the past, completed a sponsored parachute jump to help raise funds for them.
“They provide guidance and support to help children and young people manage their grief.
“All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of people in our community when they are in most need of support and assistance, and it’s an honour to be able to provide them with these much-needed and well-deserved donations.”