Crematorium supports bereavement charity with recycling scheme

(l-r) Cllr Simon Inch (Chair of North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee), Laraine Bridger (Cruse) and Mark Drummond (Crematorium Manager)

Posted on: 12 January 2017

The North Devon Crematorium has secured a donation for bereavement charity Cruse, thanks to its role in a national recycling scheme.

Cruse has received £4,337 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.

This is the second charitable donation made by the Crematorium with the proceeds of the scheme in the last year, with North Devon Hospice receiving over £4,000 in April 2016.

Chairman of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Simon Inch, says: “It’s good to know that something positive can come out of what is a very difficult time for those left behind. We really appreciate the support of families in allowing us to take part in this national scheme, as without their consent this donation and others like it would not be possible.”

Laraine Bridger, Area Coordinator for Cruse, says: “This is a fantastic amount of money for our Cruse North Devon Branch.  We have a small dedicated team of bereavement volunteers who support clients from all over North Devon, and this enables us to retain counselling rooms in Barnstaple to see both adults and children, and to continue to train more volunteers. Thank you.”

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Contact Cruse on 0808 808 1677 or go to for more information.

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