Forest of Dean Crematorium supports local charities
Eight local charities and organisations have been given donations totalling nearly £8,000 by Forest of Dean Crematorium, which it raised as part of its metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at each of the 34 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group is used to support local worthy causes.
Forest of Dean Crematorium has donated £1,000 each to Great Oak Hospice, Forest Pulse, Artspace, Forest of Dean Crossroads, Orchard Trust, Forest of Dean Dog Rescue and St Michael’s Hospice, and £698.56 to RDA Carriage Driving.
Hannah Giles, site manager at the crematorium, said: “We support the hospice’s every year, but change the other charities every year, to make sure we are able to make a donation to many different worthy causes so that everyone gets looked after.
“The reason for choosing these charities this year is that many of them are smaller, local, charities, and they need just as much help, if not more, than the bigger, better-known, organisations.
“The charities we are donating to this year are very important to the community in which the crematorium team live and work.
“Great Oak Hospice and St Michael’s Hospice provide bereavement support, and we have many families we have worked with who have had counselling there
“RDA Carriage Driving provides care for disabled people and animals, and I know a lady who sends her son there.
“Artspace is an arts and education charity which specialises in offering fully inclusive, accessible, creative opportunities for people of any age or ability. When I was a child, I attended Cinderford Artspace.”
She said the Forest of Dean Crossroads organisation works to provide quality care services at home or in the community.
They offer support to those with care needs and their cares, promoting and providing a flexible, high-quality service.
The Orchard Trust supports disabled people in the community with home care, days out and in many other ways.
Forest of Dean Dog Rescue cares for abused and neglected animals and, despite its name, their work is not just limited to dogs.
Hannah added: “I have seen first-hand exactly how these charities support our community and I wanted to make sure they knew how grateful we are to have them in our towns.
“This is very personal for me, as I have lived in the Forest of Dean my whole life, and to see these amazing charities and people do what they do makes you truly grateful for where you live and the people you live with.
“It’s an honour to be able to give them some much-needed, and very well deserved, financial support.”