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Crematorium donates £10,000 to terminal illness charity from national recycling scheme

A £10,000 donation has been presented to Marie Curie, thanks to a recycling scheme supported by Swansea Crematorium.

Marie Curie were delighted to accept the donation having been nominated by the Crematorium recently.  The charity provides care and support to people living with terminal illness, and their families.  Their local team of nurses visit the homes of patients at their end of life, providing hands on care whilst also supporting the family.  More recently, Marie Curie recently launched a free bereavement service, offering support to those dealing with the death of a loved one, whether recently or some time ago.

The £10,000 donation was presented as part of the ICCM (Institute for Cemetery and Crematorium Management) Recycling of Metals Scheme.  Each family must sign a declaration giving consent for their loved ones’ implants (if any present) to be recycled.  All of the collected metal is then recycled in the UK to make new products, most of which are surgical implants used in healthcare.  The scheme has been in place for approx. 15 years, generating millions of pounds for local causes across the UK.

Ali Discombe, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, said: “The funds received will make a substantial difference, ensuring that those at end of life can make the most of the little time they have left, surrounded by family.

Lyndon Elsie, Bereavement Services Registrar for Swansea Council said: “It is a privilege to be involved in the scheme and to play a small part in helping charities provide critical services to people who are faced with such difficult circumstances; our greatest thanks should go to the bereaved families that give their consent to recycle the metal implants and also to my team in Bereavement Services for their valued contribution to making the project a success.”