A new initiative is underway at Wigan Crematorium where unwanted frames and silk flowers can be reused for families who may not be in a position to afford items of remembrance for their loved ones.
It means letters and words within frames can be reused making it much more affordable for families to purchase. Not only does the scheme ensure that families with financial worries benefit but means material that would usually end up in landfill is instead put to good use.
From today, signs will be in place to advise families that their frames will be reused if not collected in the week after a service, while funeral directors will also inform individual families about the changes.
Kath Fleming and Vicky Muir from V K Precious Memorials are the people behind the business after noticing the vast amount of materials that went to waste. The duo came up with the novel idea to reduce waste and help those who may struggle financially at such a stressful time.
The business also creates bespoke cremation jewellery, life casting, memorial casting, wreaths, memory teddy bears and much more for bereaved families.
They have been able to set the scheme up at the crematorium following a series of business support discussions with the Council’s Invest in Wigan Team. VK Precious Memorials are one of over 400 local businesses who have signed up to the Councils Deal for Business.
Kath said: “We want to make the process as easy and stress free as possible for people who are going through an incredibly stressful experience of losing a friend or family member. “The items we collect are often left at the crematorium however by reusing the items we are now turning them into something positive for those who might not be able to afford them at high street prices.”
“We are very proud to have signed up to The Deal for Business and this project gives us the ideal platform to allow us to give back to our local communities.”
If you are a local resident who wants to start your own business or an existing business that want to know more about business support, please contact the Invest in Wigan Team on 01942 489190 or email the team at [email protected]