Cancer care centre trust to benefit from recycled metals scheme

Cllr Jeremy Yabsley presents a cheque to Karen Purdew (NDCCCT)

Posted on: 20 October 2017

The North Devon Crematorium has secured a donation for North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust (NDCCCT), through its role in a national recycling scheme.

NDCCCT 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.

Last year the crematorium raised over £10,000 through the scheme, which was donated to North Devon Hospice and Cruse Bereavement Care.

Chairman of the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “We would like to thank the families who gave their consent for us to to take part in this national recycling scheme. Without their consent we wouldn’t be able to donate to important local charities like NDCCCT, which provides a wonderful support service to local people affected by cancer.”

NDCCCT supports cancer patients in the North Devon and Torridge areas, providing equipment and facilities for the diagnosis of cancer and transport for patients to attend treatment outside the area.

Karen Purdew from NDCCCT, says: “We are very grateful to the crematorium committee for their generous donation. North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust is a local charity run by local people to provide facilities for cancer patients living in North Devon. Started by Jennifer Bonetta in 1994, the Trust has raised over two million pounds to support cancer patients in the area. All work for the Trust is voluntary so this donation will be a great help, thank you.”

In 2014, NDCCCT began a transport service for those needing help getting to cancer appointments at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH). 2015 saw the opening of the new chemotherapy unit (Seamoor Unit) at NDDH, a goal that NDCCCT had been working towards for 15 years. The Trust donated £700,000 to the £2.2 million project and continues its close links with the Seamoor Unit, sponsoring a specialist cancer nursing post within the unit for three years.

In 2017, NDCCCT plans to support a new fund raising campaign in conjunction with the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to provide a support centre for cancer patients at North Devon District Hospital.

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