£15,000 windfall for local lifesaving volunteers

Crematorium donation
Eastbourne Area Community First Responders received a £15,000 cheque from the team at Eastbourne Crematorium.

Eastbourne Area Community First Responders received a £15,000 cheque this week from the team at Eastbourne Crematorium.

The local lifesaving volunteers were the latest charity to benefit from a metal recycling scheme, which has so far seen £87,000 donated to good causes.

The volunteers are trained and dispatched by the South East Coast Ambulance Service to provide a first response to 999 emergency calls that are close to where we live or work.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Member for Direct Assistant Services, said: “The fact the responders can be on the scene so quickly can be lifesaving.

“Their task once on the scene is to manage the emergency situation until paramedics arrive and then form part of the team under their direction.  It’s a vital role requiring specialist skills and the ability to work under intense pressure.

The award will make it possible for the responders to continue their lifesaving work and ensure defibrillators across the town are maintained for years to come.”

Eastbourne Crematorium is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) national metals recycling scheme.

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.

When a bereaved family gives consent, these metals are recycled by the ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.