Skipton Crematorium donates £34,000 to charity from metal recycling scheme

Skipton Crematorium and Waltonwrays Cemetery

Skipton Crematorium has supported a bereavement charity through funds raised from recycling metal from coffins and orthopaedic implants.

North Yorkshire Council’s bereavement services recycle metals recovered from cremations, with consent from the deceased person's family.

The recycled metals include those used in the construction of the coffins and in orthopaedic implants such as hip, knee and replacement joints.

The council works in partnership with the Institute for Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and BRUCE Metals to choose local charities to receive donations.

Since June last year, Cruse Bereavement Care serving the Craven and Bradford area has received £33,990 from Skipton Crematorium.

In total, crematoria across the county have made donations totalling £82,000 to charities through the scheme.

North Yorkshire Council has recently achieved a gold standard in the Charter for the Bereaved Assessment Process for Burial and Cremation from the ICCM. It aims to promote the improvement of cemeteries, crematoria and public services for the disposal of the deceased and promote the advancement and welfare of people employed in the industry.

To become a member of the Charter for the Bereaved, an authority must show that it is able to satisfy basic charter rights connected with funerals. The charter also contains objectives and targets that help authorities to set priorities for future development and improvement.

To achieve this gold standard, North Yorkshire Council has shown its commitment to improving the service, and continues to support bereaved families and ensure they can arrange a meaningful funeral service that meets their own specific needs and requirements.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for managing our environment, Cllr Greg White, said: "I’m delighted that we’ve received this gold standard accreditation.

"Our bereavement services team are passionate about what they do and pride themselves on delivering the best possible services and guidance to everyone, who at that moment in time, needs compassion and support.

"We remain committed to providing a service that communities across North Yorkshire would expect, and this accreditation in bereavement services recognises this."

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