Charity to benefit from recycling scheme

Posted on: 19 April 2018

A local charity has received a donation from the North Devon Crematorium, thanks to its role in a national recycling scheme.

Families in Grief (FIG), based in Bideford, supports children, young people and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The charity is set to receive £5,000 from the proceeds of the scheme, which enables metals from cremated remains to be safely recycled.

The recycling scheme is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and is only carried out with the consent of the bereaved. As well as generating funds for charity, the scheme also helps to reduce harmful pollutants being buried in the ground.

Lead member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council and Chair of the Crematorium Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “I’m delighted that we have been able to offer financial support to FIG through the proceeds of the recycling scheme. We are grateful to the bereaved families who have given their consent for the metals to be recycled. This selfless act helps FIG to support children and young people who have experienced the loss of someone close to them.”

Emma Marston, Bereavement Coordinator for FIG, says: “We are thrilled to receive such a fantastic amount from the North Devon Crematorium. It’s generous donations like these that really help us to continue to reach out and support bereaved children, young people and their families in Northern Devon.”

If you or someone you know needs bereavement support, or if you would like to volunteer for Families in Grief, please visit their website  You can contact FIG by email or telephone 01237 479027.

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