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Crematorium donates more than £4,000 to a charity for stillborn babies

 Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member of economy & corporate services hands over cheque worth £4,321 to Sian Coopey, founder of Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet charity. Herefordshire Council’s bereavement services supervisor Tracy Morris and Katie Fowler, trustee Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet are also present.


Herefordshire Council’s crematorium has donated £4,321 to Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet charity through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) Recycling of Metals Scheme. Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet provide financial relief and assistance to people in the UK who cannot afford a memorial headstone or plaque for their stillborn babies.

Sian Coopey, the founder of Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet charity said, “I founded the charity along with my husband Martin Coopey after the stillbirth of our angel son Rocky-Lee in 2013. I was informed about the metal recycling scheme by the crematorium office and I was really impressed by the idea. With this money we would be able to help out a few families in ensuring that their little angels leave a mark in this world and that their memory is protected.”

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member of economy & corporate services said, “I am really pleased that we have been able to help Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet charity as they are doing a commendable job in supporting parents facing an incredibly difficult time in their lives. The scheme has been going on for some years and we have managed to donate over £30,000 to different charities over the past few years. We are also grateful to the families who have given permissions for money to be raised by allowing materials to be recycled.”

Apart from providing funding towards the costs of a memorial headstone or plaque, Rocky-Lee’s Little Feet charity also works towards relieving the mental and emotional distress of newly bereaved mothers by the provision of memory bears; and raises awareness of the impact of baby loss with a view to bringing comfort to bereaved parents and their families.

The ICCM launched this scheme in 2005 to ensure that metal recovered from the cremated remains were recycled effectively instead of burying them in grounds thus making the whole process more environmentally friendly and valuable. The recycling of metals resulting from cremation is only carried out with the written consent of each bereaved family. Since November 2011, under this scheme, the crematorium has so far donated £32,843 to charities such as MacMillian Cancer Support, Cruse Bereavement Care, Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Michael’s Hospice, Home Start, Phoenix Bereavement Support Services and Winstone’s Wish.

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