£8k awarded to charity thanks to crematorium recycling scheme

The Mayor of Wigan Council receiving the £8,000 cheque on behalf of the chosen charity

An innovative recycling scheme at Wigan Crematorium backed by support of families from across the borough has now generated £28,000 for charity.

The initiative sees metals collected from cremations – such as jewellery and replacement joints – recovered and then recycled.

It creates a legacy for families while also bringing about vital funds for good causes.

The latest donation of £8,000 will be going to The Willow Project, one of the Mayor’s charities, with all the money raised given to bereavement-related charities.

In addition to hip or knee replacement joints, items recovered from the construction of the coffin such as nails and handles can also be recycled if a family gives their blessing.

The Willow Project offers counselling and support to children and young people, aged six to 19, who are affected by emotional and mental health issues.

The Mayor of Wigan Borough Coun Steve Dawber said: “To reach the £28,000 mark in such a short space of time is an incredible achievement and the latest donation round matches our highest so far.

“I hope people who are bereaved take comfort from the fact that the money raised goes to support charities such as the Willow Project and know their loved ones will be leaving a further legacy of helping others through this great cause.

“The money will be put to fantastic use by the charity in helping young people overcome mental health issues.”

The metals are recycled by Dutch company Orthometals on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.