Eastbourne Borough Council has donated £5,000 to the Polegate-based charity Children with Cancer Fund from money raised through a metal recycling scheme.
Eastbourne Crematorium, run by the council, is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) national metals recycling scheme.
Following a cremation, the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants, such as hip or knee replacement joints, as well as items from the construction of the coffin. When a bereaved family gives consent, these metals are recycled by the ICCM, with proceeds shared between its members to donate to the charity of their choice.
The Children with Cancer Fund is a small charity which supports families who have a child that has been affected by cancer. The charity grants wishes to families with children up to the age of 18, who have, or have had, cancer and who primarily live in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove. There is also a support group giving much-needed quality family time and they support local hospitals and community nurses who assist in the care of the children under the remit of the charity.
Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Lead for Direct Assistant Services, said: “We are very pleased to help our chosen charity this year, the Children with Cancer Fund. We would like to thank all the families who have given their consent as, by doing so, many children in the area needing special care are receiving the support they need.
“At Eastbourne Crematorium it is a priority to provide a caring and professional service to the bereaved, and not only are we giving a donation to local charities, but we are also minimising the impact of cremation on our environment by taking part in the ICCM scheme,” he added.
Chris Downton from Children with Cancer Fund was delighted with the donation and said: “We hope to use the money to fund an event for our Eastbourne families to ensure the money is put back into the local community. It is hugely beneficial to our families to hold events that bring them together in a sociable, non-medical, environment where they can meet other local families who are enduring similar experiences.
“We have two Eastbourne families hoping to go on our residential trip to the Isle of Wight next May and part of the donation will be used to secure their place. I’d like to thank the council for this donation, which will go a long way to helping local families.”
Issued 20 December 2017