Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, was delighted to receive £8,000 from the Institute of Cemetery Crematorium Management (ICCM), to 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.
The metals recycling scheme is administered nationally by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), and relates to cremations at Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest. Combined together, about 2600 cremations are carried out at both sites each year.
Recycling metals following a cremation is done with the consent of each bereaved family. A specialist company, based in Holland, collects the metal, sorts it out and then smelts it which is often used to manufacture new implants with any profits from the scheme distributed to local charities.
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 will in order to 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.
Photograph attached: Cllr John Fairclough presents the cheque to the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns