Crematorium supports local children’s charity with recycling scheme

Posted on: 21 December 2018

The North Devon Crematorium has been able to make a charitable donation to the North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation (NDCHF) thanks to its role in a national recycling scheme.

The charity has received £5,000 from the proceeds of the scheme, which enables metals from cremated remains to be safely recycled. The 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 charitable giving, the scheme also helps to reduce harmful pollutants being buried in the ground.

Chairman of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “This recycling scheme gives us a wonderful opportunity to support local causes, and I am so glad that this time we are helping some very deserving children experience a magical holiday in Florida that they may otherwise never get to go on.”

Vice chairman of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Mervyn Langmead, says: “We really appreciate the support of families in allowing us to take part in this national scheme. Without their consent we wouldn’t be able to donate to important local charities like NDCHF, which aims to give the holiday of a lifetime to seriously ill children in North Devon.”

The North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation is a registered charity which aims to provide a two week holiday of a life time to Florida for children living in North Devon and Torridge with serious illness or major disabilities.

Dr Robin Buckland from the charity said: “We are very grateful to the Crematorium for their generous donation for the Children’s Holiday Foundation North Devon. The money will be spent on the next holiday for eight more children in May 2019 to Florida. All these children have suffered with serious illnesses or major disabilities and they all benefit enormously from the experience.”

The children all come from North Devon and on most occasions are nominated by paediatricians, general practitioners, specialist nurses and physiotherapists. So far they have taken 192 children on twenty four separate holidays since 1993.

Those selected for the trips suffer from one or more illnesses and disabilities such as leukaemia, brain tumours, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, liver failure, kidney failure, other childhood cancers, muscular dystrophy, brittle bone disease, spina bifida, quadriplegia and cerebral palsy.

For more information please contact North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation on 01237 474994 or go to for more information.

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