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  • Sefton’s mayor’s charity receives £8,000 boost

    Tom Martin

    SEFTON charities have been boosted with an £8,000 donation after the money was raised through a scheme that recycles the metal from cremations.

    Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, was delighted to receive £8,000 from the Institute of Cemetery Crematorium Management (ICCM), which will go towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

    Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for locality services, presented the cheque to Cllr Burns at Bootle Town Hall.

    ICCM raised the money through its metal recycling scheme, which is used at Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest, which carry out around 2,600 cremations at both sites each year.

    Following a cremation, the cremated remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacement joints as well as items from the construction of the coffin.

    These metals, always with the consent of the bereaved family, are recycled by the ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.

    Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “I would like to thank the ICCM for this generous donation, but most of all the bereaved families themselves who’s consent has enabled this money to be raised.

    “Having previously been employed as a child bereavement councillor working with families at Alder Hey Hospital, this is something which is close to my heart.  

    “I know bereavement is a very difficult time for people and I hope that it is a consolation to them that this donation will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

    Cllr John Fairclough, cabinet member locality Services, added: “The money donated by the ICCM through this important scheme will assist local charities right on our doorstep.

    “We are grateful to the families who give their consent for us to do this, which helps benefit local charities within the borough.” 

     If any individuals or businesses wish to make a donation to the current Mayor’s Charity Fund, contact Shaun Pimblett on 0151 934 2062. 

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