Twelve local charities are to share 13,588.30 donated by West Wiltshire Crematorium, near Trowbridge, as part of its metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at each of the 34 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group are used to support local worthy causes.
West Wiltshire Crematorium, has donated money to RUKSAK45218, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Wiltshire MIND, The Friends of Canons House, Doorway, Cruse Bereavement Care and several foodbanks, including Calne Food Bank, Devizes & District Food Bank and Chippenham Food Bank.
Shaun Chapman-Young, site manager at West Wilts Crematorium, said: “Since the donations come through the generosity of our families agreeing to recycle the metals, we try to give back to the community.
“Throughout each year, listening to families helps us to agree where to donate the money we’ve raised. This gives us an extra connection to the families and lets them know how much we wish to support them.
“All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the West Wiltshire area, and it’s an honour to be able to provide them with some financial support”
Ruksak45218 is a new local charity which provides essentials of bedding, clothing, toiletries, footwear, school stationary, sleeping bags and other items, to 5 to 18 year olds, so as they can concentrate on their education, free from concerns and distractions over the lack of essential items, that on occasion, others take for granted. RUKSAK45218 received £750.
They support people who have been referred to them by a teacher, doctor, councillor, council officer, vicar or any other professional who provides a service of pastoral care.
Shaun added: “Nobody likes to see children going without but unfortunately, it is still a very big issue, even more-so now, with the job losses and families who have been affected by the covid-19 pandemic.”
Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides an invaluable life-saving emergency response service. They received £2000.
Dorothy House Hospice supports a large percentage of families that come into the care of West Wiltshire Crematorium. The charity provides compassionate care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. They received £1794.15.
Wiltshire MIND is a small, local mental health charity whose services are needed more than ever, as the coronavirus lockdown has a negative impact on the mental health of many people. They received £1794.15.
The Friends of Canons House support a respite care home in Devizes which offers short-term breaks away from home for children and young people with severe learning difficulties and who may also have physical disabilities. They received £1000.
Doorway is a small local charity that provides help and support to homeless people in the community. They received £1000.
The Bath & Wiltshire branch of Cruse Bereavement Care provides much-needed support to those who have lost loved ones. They received £1500.
The demand upon foodbanks, not just in Wiltshire but nationwide, has soared as a result of rising living costs, unexpected expenses, redundancy and other personal circumstances. Calne, Devizes, Trowbridge, Warminster and Chippenham food banks all received £750.