Eastbourne Borough Council has donated £15,000 to two charities, Chestnut Tree House and the British Heart Foundation, through a metal recycling scheme.
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.
Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Lead for Direct Assistant Services, said: “We are delighted to present Chestnut Tree House with £7,000 and the British Heart Foundation with £8,000 through the ICCM scheme.
“Since its inception the national scheme has raised £7.4 million pounds for charity and has allowed Eastbourne Borough Council to donate tens of thousands of pounds to good causes locally, while ensuring we keep the environmental impact of cremation to a minimum.”
Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire, caring for 300 children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions. The £7,000 donation is enough to cover the cost of all their care services, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes, for 24 hours.
British Heart Foundation (BHF), founded in 1961, funds vital research into heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia, and their risk factors like diabetes.
Kim Brophy, BHF Fundraising Manager, said “We are delighted and very grateful to receive this amazing donation to the BHF. Unfortunately, heart and cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the UK and this donation will help fund vital research to keep families and loved ones together for longer.”