Charity receives £5,000 thanks to bereavement services

May 2018

Orbitas Chq Presentation May 2018

Orbitas is part of a national scheme which supports bereavement services by recycling metals recovered following cremations. The scheme, aims to benefit the environment and provide a lasting legacy to charities providing bereavement care and support services to people and families within the community through the recycling of metals which have been involved in the cremation process.

This year Orbitas staff decided to support Winston’s Wish, a charity that provides specialist child bereavement support across the UK, giving hope to grieving children and their families.

Cllr David Marren, Chairman of Orbitas Bereavement Services said:

“Following a cremation, remains can contain metals such as items used in the construction of the coffin and, on some occasions, orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacement joints. These items can be recycled but this is only carried out with the explicit prior written consent of bereaved families, and in accordance to strict Environment Agency guidelines.

“We hope that those families suffering bereavement will take some comfort from the fact that a much-loved and worthy cause is benefitting in some way”.

Corinne Mason, In Memory Team, Winston's Wish said:

"The support of Orbitas, Bereavement Services and all the bereaved families who have made this donation possible means so much to Winston's Wish.  

This amazing gift could fund our Freephone National Helpline number for a year. Last year our helpline provided vital immediate support for more than 4,500 callers. 

Over 100 children are bereaved of a parent every day in the UK and this generous donation will directly help us to reach more bereaved children and young people, giving them the tools they need to face the future with confidence and hope.”