Orbitas, Bereavement Services raises £5,000 for charity funds with recycling scheme

Orbitas, Bereavement Services is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) national metals recycling scheme.

When a body is cremated, the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants, such as hip or knee replacements joints, as well as items from the construction of the coffin. If a bereaved family gives consent, these metals are recycled by the ICCM, and the proceeds are shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice which has a strong link to bereavement.

Cllr David Marren, Chairman of Orbitas said:

“Hope House are a local charity providing care and support to life limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales, they are also there to aid families following the death of a child and this support, which is offered free of charge, continues as long as the family feel they are benefiting from it. Such a generous donation will make a massive difference to their vital work.”

He added:

“I am delighted that local charities are able to benefit from the metals recycled by Crewe and Macclesfield crematoria, but most of all I would like to thank the bereaved themselves whose consent has enabled waste metal to be recycled and financial help to be provided to UK bereavement charities”

Hannah Robinson, Area Fundraiser for Hope House Hospice said:

“On behalf of Hope House, I would like to say thank you to Councillor David Marren, Chairman of Orbitas, Bereavement Services for this generous donation.  Sadly, every week three local families face unimaginable heartbreak when their child dies and at the moment Hope House can currently only afford to help one.  With the support of our local community, and with this donation we can raise more money which will enable us to reach every child, mum, dad, sister and brother who needs us.”