Old hip and knee joints from Stafford Crematorium have helped raise thousands of pounds for a local charity.
The artificial body parts, along with nails and screws from the coffins, have been passed on to a recycling company in return for money which was donated to the A Child of Mine charity.
The charity offers help and support to parents who have suffered the loss of a child.
The £4,412 cheque was presented to charity founder Gayle Routledge by Councillor Frank Finlay at the Borough Council run Tixall Road Crematorium.
Once consent from the families has been given, the metal is filtered out as part of the cremation process leaving the ashes to be collected by the deceased’s loved ones or buried.
Councillor Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:
“I’d like to think that those who have had loved ones cremated will be comforted in the knowledge that their loss is helping fund a charity dedicated to making life easier for others who have suffered bereavement.”
The Tixall Road site was given ‘Gold’ status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management last year and has retained its green flag as one of the best open spaces in the country.
More details about the service can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/bereavement.