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Councillors Jason Zadrozny, Helen Ann Smith and Chris Huskinson presenting the cheque.

Crematorium recycling scheme raises £14,000 for hospice.

Ashfield and Mansfield District Crematorium has raised £14,000 for the John Eastwood Hospice Trust, in Sutton-in-Ashfield from a metal recycling scheme.

The cheque was presented today (18 January 2024) to Lisa Todd, Fundraising Innovation Manager at the hospice by Ashfield Council's Leader, Jason Zadrozny and Cabinet Members, Cllr Helen Ann Smith and Cllr Chris Huskinson.

Each year the Crematorium donates the money it receives from metal recovered from cremations where bereaved families have given permission for it to be sent for recycling.

In addition to the money raised from the recycling scheme there is an amount of £246.93 that was raised from the annual Christmas memorial service.

The money is split between the Joint Crematorium Committee’s nominated charities, The Sir John Eastwood Hospice and Beaumond House Hospice in Newark. This year was the turn of the Sutton in Ashfield hospice to receive the donation.

The Mansfield Crematorium signed up to be part of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s (ICCM) Recycling of Metals Scheme in 2011. Since then, it has distributed more than £82,000 to local hospices.

A specialist company is used by the crematorium to sort the metals collected. Proceeds collected nationally from the scheme are then divided among crematoria who have signed up to the scheme.

Crematorium Registrar Nada Colclough explained:

"When someone is cremated, the remains often contain various metals. They come from the coffin and also from replacement hip and knee joints and some of this high-grade metal is quite valuable in terms of recycling and can be made into new orthopaedic implants.”
"We always ensure that any metal from cremated remains is sent for recycling only if we have the consent of relatives prior to a cremation."

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jason Zadrozny added:

"Most bereaved families consent to this type of recycling which usually means that these metals do not end up buried in the ground and instead can be re-used as well as helping local charities.
"This hospice offers an invaluable and caring end-of-life service to hundreds of local families every year and we are delighted to be able to support them in this way.”

Mansfield and District Crematorium is managed and operated by a joint committee comprising representatives from Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood district councils.

More details about Mansfield and District Crematorium and Bereavement Services can be found on their website: