West Suffolk Crematorium supports local charities
West Suffolk Cemetery & Crematorium, at Bury St Edmunds, is donating a total of £18,000 to three local charities, which it raised as part of its metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at each of the 34 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group is used to support local worthy causes.
West Suffolk Crematorium is giving £8,000 to the MyWIsh charity at West Suffolk Hospital, and £5,000 each to the Bury St Edmunds Samaritans and the West Suffolk Sands Group.
Royna Hill, site manager at the crematorium, said: “We have been donating for many years now, and in the past gave money to bigger charities, but as time went on, we wanted to give to charities that were more local to us or that needed funding more desperately.
“Last year, I met the lovely fundraisers at our local hospital, who run the MyWish charity, which is run specifically to make the lives of patients - especially those who are terminally ill – and their families just a little bit easier.
“Last year we donated to their Butterfly Appeal, which aimed to create a beautiful garden for those who are terminally ill. We decided to donate to them again this year because we felt that supporting our local hospital would be of benefit to a great number of people in our community.
“We chose to support the local branch of the Samaritans because one of our members of staff was a volunteer there and introduced me to the group a few years ago.
“I was so impressed by the work they do – and the fact that they are all volunteers, giving up their time to help others. They do a fantastic job all year round but have been in particular demand this year, because of the pressures of the pandemic.
“The West Suffolk Sands Group provides support to bereaved parents who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby.
“All these organisations do such incredible work to make a positive difference to the lives of local people who are in need of support and help.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide them with some financial support, especially during these particularly challenging times, when many charitable organisations have sadly seen a drop in their income as a result of the pandemic.”