Unique recycling project donation for Marie Curie

September 25, 2018 by Southend Borough Council

The Councils Bereavement Services working with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) has raised £5000 to donate to Marie Curie.

The ICCM initiative, a unique recycling scheme that recycles the metal from orthopaedic implants following cremations, has been running since 2006 in partnership with a family run Dutch company called Ortho Metals. 

Following a cremation the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements. These metals are recycled through a specialised company contracted by the ICCM with the proceeds shared between a host of charities and organisations, associated with bereavement and bereavement support. The Councils Bereavement Services submitted a nomination on behalf of Marie Curie to the ICCM for consideration.

Cllr Mark Flewitt and Stephen Taylor, cemetery and crematorium operations manager were delighted to present the £5000 donation to Clare Horgan RN from Marie Curie. The charity carries out amazing work, supporting those with terminal illnesses and their families day or night in either their own homes or at one of their hospices.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, cabinet member for public protection, said “We are delighted to make another donation through this unique recycling scheme to Marie Curie; a remarkable charity providing care and support to those with terminal illness and their families.

“The Council is very happy to support charities that reflect our ethos to make a difference to the community and make the least impact on the environment. 

“I would like to thank the families and friends of the deceased who allow us to participate in this scheme and I hope they can find some comfort in the gift their passing has given to others.”

Biyanca Etienne community fundraiser at Marie Curie said “We would like to say a big thank you to all at Southend Crematorium for the nomination and very generous donation of £5000.00.

“This kind gift will make a real and positive difference to local people and will help Marie Curie to continue to provide high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families.”

For more information about Marie Curie or to donate please visit their website: www.mariecurie.org.uk

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