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£15k boost for bereavement support charity

10:47 am, Thursday, 23rd December 2021 - 11 months ago

Council information and partnerships

UK bereavement support charity, Cruse Bereavement support, with the local Grimsby, Cleethorpes & Louth branch benefiting from a £15,000 donation from Grimsby Crematorium.

Cruse offer nationwide support to those experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. The charity answers some 30,000 calls to their helpline each year and this year alone some 24,000 people have received support from the charity.

The crematorium, managed by North East Lincolnshire Council, raised the money from its metal recycling scheme.

The scheme raises thousands of pounds from the sale of recyclable materials which are salvaged following cremations. These usually comprise of metal from the coffin and orthopaedic implants like hip and knee replacement joints.

Relatives of the deceased give their consent before the cremation and collection of metals goes ahead.

Branch Manager and Administrator at Cruse Bereavement Support, Lesley, said:

This is a very welcome boost to our finances. It means we will be able to recruit and train new volunteers at a time when our resources have been severely stretched due to the increased demand on our service caused by the pandemic.”

To get in touch with Cruse Bereavement Support, you can contact the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Louth branch on 07867 312658 (support-line), or email grimsby@cruse.org.uk. The national website is also available: www.cruse.org.uk.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This is the largest donation that we’ve ever made from this scheme and I’m really pleased to be able to present this cheque to another very deserving cause.

“Losing a loved one is incredibly tough and the impact of grief can really be profound. But with the right support on offer, you won’t have to take on that journey alone.”

Proceeds from the sale of recyclable metals have been awarded to charity every year since 2014, with a cheque handover taking place twice a year. Since 2014, more than £75,000 has gone towards supporting local and national worthy causes.

This donation is the largest of it’s kind to be made from this scheme. Previously, the largest donation from the scheme was £10,000.

Previously, the materials were removed and buried in the crematorium grounds, but this is no longer possible as a result of government legislation. The Environment Agency classifies the metal as waste.

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