A charity has been given thousands of pounds thanks to recycled metals from Stafford Crematorium.
Old artificial hip and knee joints, along with nails and screws from the coffins, have been passed on to a recycling company 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 the town’s Tixall Road, has donated more than £40,000, raised from the artificial body parts and other metals to several charities, since 2013 through the scheme.
The latest recipient is Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance (CCPA) who received £7,000 from Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Ray Barron and Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health.
The CCPA supports families of children and young people with cancer from diagnosis and beyond.
Rachael Olley, the charity’s Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive such a generous donation, £7000 will make a massive difference to CCPA and allow us to extend our support for families of children and young people with cancer.
“We would like to thank everyone involved in the scheme, we are very grateful for your support.”
Councillor Finlay, 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.”
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.
Note to editors: Photo is of Rachael Olley, Operations Manager, The Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance, receiving cheque from the Mayor and Mayoress. Also in picture Gill Millward a volunteer with the charity, Tony Evans, Bereavement Services Manager at the borough council (behind the mayor) and Cllr Finlay (behind Mayoress).
Press Release No 5511