Crematorium cheque for charity

The cheque is presented to Katherine House’s Dr Richard Soulsby
The cheque is presented to Katherine House’s Dr Richard Soulsby

Environment and Health, Cllr Frank Finlay, Head of Service for Environment and Health at Stafford Borough Council, Howard Thomas, and Mayor of Stafford Borough, Cllr Ray Sutherland.

Thousands of pounds raised from recycling artificial joints were given to a local charity during a presentation at Stafford Crematorium. 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 Katherine House Hospice.

The Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Sutherland, presented the cheque for £3,333 to Dr Richard Soulsby from Katherine House 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 Frank 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 providing care and support.”

The Tixall Road site was given ‘Gold’ status by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management last year and has retained its Green Flag status as one of the best open spaces in the country.