Local charity Suffolk Family Carers have been presented with a £12,000 donation thanks to a national recycling scheme supported by Ipswich Borough Council.
With prior agreement by the family of loved ones, metal in cremation ashes is collected and recycled, with all money generated from recycling then given to a local charity. The chosen charity is linked to bereavement in some way, operates locally and is a cause suggested by families.
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) has run this Metal Recycling Scheme for many years. The charitable scheme has raised over £7 million for charities since it was established.
Councillor Philip Smart, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, said:
“Special thanks go to the bereaved families that give their consent to support this scheme, allowing local charities to benefit from their loss. Just like being an organ donor this really is about giving back to others in need as a legacy, helping other bereaved families with guidance and support at a difficult time.
“£12,000 is a considerable amount for a worthy cause. It’s wonderful to be able to give something back to Suffolk Family Carers that will help them to support other families locally thorough difficult times.”
Sarah Potter, Mental Health & Wellbeing Service Manager at Suffolk Family Carers, added:
“Suffolk Family Carers is so appreciative of this very generous donation. The fact that our cause was nominated in recognition of the service received by a local family makes it even more special.
“Family carers are facing huge challenges in their caring roles right now, so we will be looking to use this donation to further support them. We are truly grateful for all donations and help to raise awareness of the wonderful work of family carers.”
Find out more about the ICCM at: https://www.iccm-uk.com/iccm/
Find out more about Suffolk Family Carers at: Suffolk Family Carers | Established Charity Helping Family Carers