Solihull Council has donated £5,000 raised from the recycling of metals from cremations at Robin Hood and Woodlands to the Marie Curie Hospice on Marsh Lane.
A cheque was handed over by Councillor Alison Rolf, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, to one of the charity’s Hospice Fundraising Assistants, Imani Adeyemo, at a ceremony on Monday 11 June.
The money comes as a result of Solihull Council being part of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) Recycling of Metals Scheme, which sends the money raised from the recycling of metals back to the Council. The Council can then nominate a local bereavement-related charity to receive a donation.
All of the material recycled is only processed with the written consent of each bereaved family.
Councillor Alison Rolf said: “We are extremely proud to be involved in this scheme and be able to provide a donation to Marie Curie, which is a fantastic charity providing help to so many local people and their families through difficult times.
“I know that cremation is a sensitive issue and can be hard for many people to deal with, but I’m so thankful to every bereaved family that has agreed to take part in this scheme. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to donate such an incredible amount of money to this worthwhile cause.”
Rachel Nash, Community Fundraiser at the Marie Curie hospice, added:
“It is so generous of Solihull Council to think of us here at the hospice when nominating their chosen charity. Donations such as this will help us to continue to provide more care for people with terminal illnesses here at the hospice and to also help provide on-going support to their carers, families and friends. We are so grateful for the local support.”