Recycled artificial hip and knee joints at a Staffordshire crematorium have helped towards a £10,000 donation to a charity which supports people who have suffered bereavement.
The artificial joints, along with nails and screws from the coffins, have been passed on to a recycling company by Stafford Crematorium in return for money which is then donated to charity.
Once consent from the families has been given, the metal is filtered out as part of the cremation process leaving the ashes to be collected by the deceased’s loved ones or buried.
Stafford Borough Council, which runs the crematorium on Stafford’s Tixall Road, has donated more than £60,000 since 2013 through the scheme.
The latest charity to benefit is Stafford and District Bereavement and Loss Support Service (SDBLSS) which has received £10,000. The service offers emotional support to people who are experiencing grief or loss through death or terminal illness of a loved one, close friend or neighbour.
Lesley Bailey, from SDBLSS, said: “This is an incredible amount of money for a small charity and with the current difficult situation with the pandemic and the lack of fundraising opportunities we cannot thank you enough. It was such a tremendous surprise and is truly very much appreciated.”
Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment at the Borough Council said: “I’d like to think that those who have had loved ones cremated will draw some comfort from knowing their loss is helping fund this very worthwhile charity.
“I’m very proud of how much our crematorium has raised over the years for many good causes and it has been great to hear the feedback from the charities about how this money is helping them with their excellent work.”
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The Tixall Road site was awarded ‘Gold’ status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management and has retained its ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best open spaces in the country.
More details about the service can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/bereavement