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A cheque for money raised from recycled metals has been presented to St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Durham Crematorium.

The cheque for £3,333 was handed over by Durham County Councillor, Maria Plews, who is chairman of the council’s Central Durham Crematorium Joint Committee.

Cllr Plews said: “This money is presented with sincere thanks to bereaved families who give their permission for metal to be recycled at the crematorium. I am pleased the money is going to St Cuthbert’s Hospice. It is good to know that there’s some good coming out of it.”

She said: “St Cuthbert’s Hospice does marvellous work in looking after local people and their families.”

Kay Welsh, of St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “We are extremely thankful to all the families who gave their permission for this to be possible. We are very grateful to receive this cheque and are honoured that Durham Crematorium chose us as their charity this year.”

Graham Harrison at the crematorium explained that the cheque represented its share of a surplus of a national metal recycling scheme administered by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

Mr Harrison said that following a cremation, the cremated remains contain metals including items used to make the coffin and often hip and knee replacement joints. In the past, these metals were removed from the remains and buried within crematorium grounds.

Pictured Kay Welsh (left) of St Cuthbert’s Hospice receives the cheque from Cllr Maria Plews


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