Charity benefits from crematorium recycling scheme

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Families across the borough have helped to donate £5,000 to a children’s charity thanks to an innovative recycling scheme at Wigan Crematorium.

The Mayor’s charity of the year Derian House benefitted from a national scheme which sees metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements recycled following a cremation.

Andrew Bond, bereavement service manager at Wigan Council, said: “The recycling of metals following a cremation of a deceased person is being done with the written consent of each bereaved family. Following a cremation, the cremated remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacement joints as well as items from the construction of the coffin.

“The metals, always with the consent of the bereaved family are recycled by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.”

This is the first donation made on behalf of Wigan Council as a member of the scheme which is run by ICCM in partnership with Dutch company Orthometals.

Money from the scheme is donated to charities that reflect bereavement services’ ethos to make a difference to the communities they serve and reduce impact on the environment.

The Mayor of Wigan Borough Councillor Sue Greensmith said: “I hope that families who have kindly donated to this scheme will take great comfort to know that their loved ones will be leaving a further legacy of helping others through this great cause. I know Derian House will put this donation to good use to make a difference to young children from our borough who rely on the fantastic work being done there.”

Caroline Taylor, communications and marketing manager at Derian House, said: “We’d like to sincerely thank everyone at Wigan Crematorium for their efforts in raising this wonderful total for our children and young people at Derian House – this will make a real difference.

“At Derian House we look after 350 families from across Lancashire and South Cumbria and need to raise £4 million every year to do so. We really value your help in reaching our fundraising target and are thrilled that the Mayor of Wigan Councillor Sue Greensmith has made us her charity during her year in office.”