We’re delighted to share that Kent and Sussex Crematorium (operated by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council), have donated an incredible £12,000 to Jigsaw (South East). The generous donation was made as a result of a share of surplus funds from a national recycling scheme that the crematorium belongs to. Kent and Sussex Crematorium is a member of the Metal Recycling Scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
What is the Metal Recycling Scheme?
Lesley Caveill, Bereavement Services Manager at the Crematorium explains:
The recycling of metals following a cremation of a deceased person is being done with the written consent of each bereaved family. 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. The metals, always with the consent of the bereaved family, are recycled by the ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.
Kent and Sussex Crematorium provides a professional and caring service to all the bereaved whilst being aware of the environmental impact of cremation. The recycled metals scheme run by the ICCM since 2007 in partnership with a Dutch company called Orthometals, donates the surplus funds to charities and this reflects Bereavement Services’ ethos to make a difference to the communities they serve and to make the least impact on the environment.
Raising money for bereavement charities
Since its inception in 2007, the ICCM Recycling of Metals Scheme has raised over £13.5million for bereavement-related charities. That is an incredible amount, made possible by bereaved relatives giving their consent for the metals to be recycled, and by cremation authorities and companies signing up to the innovative scheme.
We are so grateful to Kent and Sussex Crematorium for the donation, the ICCM and of course the families who have chosen to support the scheme. You are helping to us make a difference for more bereaved children and young people and those facing the death of a loved one.