Donation to help bereaved children

Published Friday, 1st December 2017

Steven Taylor, Cllr Andrew Moring and Corinne Mason

A unique recycling scheme that recycles the metal from orthopaedic implants following cremations has helped the Council to raise £5,000 for Winston’s Wish, a charity for bereaved children.

This money will fund their Freephone National Helpline number for a year, supporting over 4,500 callers. 

The Councils Bereavement Services team got involved in the recycled metals scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) to help raise money and be environmentally friendly. Over the last three years the service has raised £15,000 for their nominated charities including Make-A-Wish and SANDS.

Following a cremation the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements. These metals are recycled through a specialised company contracted by the ICCM with the proceeds shared between a host of charities and organisations, associated with bereavement and bereavement support. The Council submitted a nomination on behalf of Winston’s Wish to the ICCM for consideration.

Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity establish by Julies Stokes OBE in 1992. The charity provides specialist support for children bereaved of a parent or sibling, including programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.

The ICCM initiative has been running since 2006 in partnership with a family run Dutch company called Ortho Metals.

Cllr Andrew Moring, Executive Councillor for Corporate & Community Support, said: “Making a donation to Winston’s Wish, to help give support to a child facing the most significant loss in their life is both profound and heart-warming.

“The Winston’s Wish team help children to move forward and support them through their emotional journey to a brighter future.  The council is very happy to support charities that reflect our ethos to make a difference to the community and make the least impact on the environment.

“I would like to thank the families and friends of the deceased who allow us to participate in this scheme and I hope they can find some comfort in the gift their passing has given to another and that it will not be forgotten.”

Corinne, from the In Memory Team at Winston's Wish said: "The support of the Southend-on-Sea Crematorium and all the bereaved families who have made this donation possible means so much to Winston's Wish.

“This amazing gift could fund our Freephone National Helpline number for a year. Last year our helpline provided vital immediate support for more than 4,500 callers."

For more information about Winston’s Wish or to donate please visit their website.