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Thousands raised for charity by crematorium recycling scheme

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for a local charity by a metals recycling scheme at a crematorium.

Gilroes Crematorium, which is run by the city council, takes part in a national scheme to recycle metals, with profits going to charities up and down the country. In Leicester, £5,000 has been raised in the last year for Rainbows children’s hospice, which provides care for terminally ill children and young people.

Bereavement services manager Alan Brown said: “We know it’s a sensitive subject, but we’ve been able to make a substantial donation to Rainbows thanks to this scheme.

“Families can choose to give their consent to the recycling scheme when applying for a cremation, and we find that 99.9 per cent of people do.

“We recycle everything from coffin handles to metal hip or knee joints – so that they can go on to be useful. We don’t recover vast amounts of metal, but it does have a value, and all the money raised is donated to bereavement-related charities.”

Once recovered, the metal is used to manufacture new orthopaedic implants or sent for recycling.

The scheme is managed nationally by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). It has raised more than £3.3million for charities since it began, in 2004.

Around 2,500 cremations are carried out at Gilroes annually, with around £20,000 raised for Rainbows in the past 5 years.