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Council donates £5,000 to local Samaritans from recycling scheme

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Colin Jaques, EBC, Cllr Shuttleworth, Debbie Edwards, Shirley Gardner, Alison Dunbar-Dempsey from the Samaritans

Eastbourne Borough Council has donated £5,000 to The Eastbourne and District Samaritans 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 (ICCM) national recycle 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.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Lead for Direct Assistant Services, said: “We are very pleased to support The Eastbourne and District Samaritans, a charity which provides valuable help to many local people through tough times in their life. 

“Taking part in the ICCM scheme not only generates money for local good causes but also means we are minimising the impact of cremation on our environment.” 

The Eastbourne and District Samaritans provide round-the-clock emotional support to anyone in distress, those struggling to cope or people at risk of suicide. 

Director of Eastbourne and District Samaritans, Shirley Gardner, said:  “We are delighted that our charity has been chosen to receive this substantial donation. We rely entirely on donations to fund our important work. This could not have come at a better time as we have recently spent money on making our centre accessible to people with mobility difficulties. 

“The money will be used to train new volunteers who man the phone lines, email, SMS messaging service and see members of the public. Our sincere thanks to Eastbourne Crematorium for its generosity.” 

Eastbourne and District Samaritans has been supporting people in distress and those who are suicidal for over 50 years. The service is provided from a house in the centre of Eastbourne where people can call in any day of the year, with no appointment.  The Samaritans also visit places frequented by vulnerable people, such as homeless centres and prisons. To contact Eastbourne and District Samaritans phone free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Published 27 September 2018