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Metal left from cremations is recycled for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:36 03 September 2020 | UPDATED: 09:52 03 September 2020

Breckland Crematorium directors Nathan and Rachel Rollings present a donation to Sarah Green, chairman of Norfolk Sands. Picture: Supplied by Breckland Crematorium

Breckland Crematorium directors Nathan and Rachel Rollings present a donation to Sarah Green, chairman of Norfolk Sands. Picture: Supplied by Breckland Crematorium

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Recycling metal that has been left behind following cremations has led to a £10,000 boost for charity that helps people who have suffered from the death of a baby.

Breckland Crematorium in Scoulton made the donation to Norwich-based Norfolk Sands.

The crematorium raised the money through a scheme that recycles metals such as hip and knee replacement joints and parts for coffins which are left after cremations.

Nathan Rollings, who manages the crematorium along with his wife, Rachel, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to make this donation which is only possible by the generosity of bereaved families who have consented to the recycling of metals after the cremation of their loved one.

“We strive to support bereaved families in the local area with the best service possible and we know what a brilliant job Norfolk Sands do locally in supporting parents of babies who die before, during or shortly after birth so we are confident this donation will benefit many people in Norfolk.”

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The items are recycled through an Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium (ICCM) metal recycling scheme with the consent of bereaved families.

Mr and Mrs Rollings presented the donation to the charity’ chairman Sarah Green and vice-chairman Carly Walters in the crematorium’s memorial gardens.

They also talked about the crematorium’s plans to create an area in the gardens which will be dedicated to the memory of stillborn babies.

Daniel Brett-Schneider, Norfolk Sands’ director of income and engagement, said: “We are delighted by the wonderful support of Breckland Crematorium and all the teams and communities across the ICCM network.

“Thanks to your ongoing commitment to Sands, we are able to continue working with and supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, improve bereavement care and fund research to save babies’ lives.

“Right now, your support is more invaluable than ever as we adapt and accelerate delivery of our support services to families and NHS staff during uniquely harsh challenges.”

Norfolk Sands runs bi-monthly support meetings for anyone affected by the death of a baby and works with hospitals to improve bereavement and maternity care for those families whose baby has died.


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