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Thames Hospice receives £7,000 donation

 Jamie Simpson Assistant Manager - Easthampstead Park Crematorium, and Mary Ann Leader - Corporate Fundraiser, Thames Hospice.

Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium has made a generous donation of £7,000 to Thames Hospice.

Thames Hospice is the local charity providing expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. A vital part their work is also supporting their families and carers.

Bracknell Forest Council, which runs Easthampstead Park Crematorium, is a member of the Metal Recycling Scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). The scheme, with the consent of the families, recovers and recycles any metals recovered after cremation and the money raised is donated to local bereavement charities.

Once written consent is given from each bereaved family, metals such as orthopaedic implants and materials used in the construction of the coffin are recycled by the ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a bereavement charity of their choice within our area.

Iain McCracken, Executive Member for Culture, Resources Delivery and Public Protection, said:

“Thames Hospice is a vital service supporting patients and their families at difficult times. We are grateful to them for their dedication and I am happy that we have been able to make this donation to help them continue to provide this vital service.”

Mary-Ann Leader happily accepted the cheques on behalf of Thames Hospice said:

“On behalf of all patients and staff at Thames Hospice, a huge thank you to Easthampstead Park Crematorium and Cemetery for giving such a generous £7,000 donation. All funds received help us to make a very real difference to patients and their loved ones. To date, this is the largest donation Thames Hospice has received from the Crematorium, and we very much look forward to continuing our special relationship with all staff at the Crematorium.”