Eastbourne Borough Council has donated £4,336 to a children’s hospice from money raised through a metal recycling scheme.
Eastbourne Crematorium, run by the Council, this year chose to support Chestnut Tree House with funds collected from 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 member for Direct Assistant Services, said, “The Council is delighted to support Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice through this scheme. Funds from the National Recycle Scheme are used to support many charities across the country.
“Our priority at Eastbourne Crematorium is to provide a caring and professional service to bereaved people but we are also environmentally aware and this scheme minimises the impact of cremation on our surroundings.
“We would like to thank all those whose consent has enabled waste metal to be recycled and in turn, raise money to help young people with life-limiting conditions.”
Chestnut Tree House helps children with progressive life-shortening conditions and their families, offering psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.
Based in Arundel, the children’s hospice helps children and their families from across Sussex and also has an office in Eastbourne.