The money has been raised by recycling metals left behind from cremations such as orthopaedic implants such as hit and knee replacement joints, and those used in the construction of coffins.
Hereford Crematorium is part of a national recycling scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. Every six months, left over metals are gathered from participating crematoriums, sorted and smelted in Sheffield then send to companies that manufacture new orthopaedic implants. Nominations are then made by crematorium for local charities who could benefit from some funding.
John Gibbon, Herefordshire Council’s bereavement services manager, said: “We only recycle metals resulting from cremation after receiving written consent from each bereaved family. This metal used to be buried in the grounds of the crematorium until the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) set up this recycling scheme.
“We are delighted to be able to support Cruse Bereavement Care who are based in Hereford, as the charity makes good use of funds by supporting those who have lost someone they love.”
Cruse Bereavement Care will be running a training course for volunteers in September and is keen to hear from anyone interested in getting involved: (01432) 359469.