Thousands Raised by Crematorium

Posted on 15 January 2020

Ken Bell with some users of the service

On Monday 9th December, 2019, Ken Bell, Volunteer for Age UK (Gateshead) presented 2 cheques totalling £8,000 to Ian Wolstenholme, Chief Officer of the Age UK (Gateshead) Branch, on behalf of the South West Middlesex Crematorium.

Ian Wolstenholme wrote to the Crematorium thanking them for the “generous donation” which will be used to “directly replace a mini-bus providing much needed access to services for those who are unable to leave their homes”.  The mini-bus will offer the recently bereaved opportunities for day trips etc., which will change lives and promote friendships.

The monies donated by The South West Middlesex Crematorium Board are as a direct result of the metal recycling scheme run in association with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), aimed at making donations to death related charities throughout the UK.  Recycling only takes place with the written consent of each bereaved family as their needs are paramount to all the organisations involved.

Teresa Kearney said, “The Crematorium is delighted that The Age UK Gateshead Branch has benefitted from the ICCM recycling scheme, as the charity offers invaluable support to families at their most vulnerable time”.