£500 raised to help disabled
5th September 2012- The Forrester
Money raised from the most unlikely of places has been donated to Lydbrook charity The Orchard Trust.
The Forest of Dean Crematorium raised £500 for the Trust, which cares for disabled individuals by recycling unwanted metal and orthopedic implants which were donated by the families of people who were cremated.
The crematorium joined a national scheme in 2008 where any metals retrieved following the cremation process are collected - with any proceeds being given to charity.
Gareth Jones, CEO of the Orchard Trust said the money would be spent on equipment to help kit out a new building at the charity's base which is due to open in November.
"We're extremely grateful for this generous donation" he said. "It's nice to see the crematorium donating to local charities and it will make a real difference to the people that live here."
Crematorium manager Neil Gardiner said if the metal is not donated it has to be treated as waste.
"We ask every bereaved family when they make the funeral arrangements if they would allow us to recycle this metal," he said. "If they say yes, this is sensitively removed from the ashes and recycled in a non-profit manner."