AN IMPRESSIVE £12,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support thanks to the generosity of bereaved families at Oakley Wood Crematorium.
The families agreed for the metals used in their deceased relatives orthopedic implants to be recycled, including the metals in replacement knees and hips, pins used in bone injuries and even the metals from coffins.
All this metal can be recycled through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s Recycling of Metals Scheme, with all the cash going to the Chair of Warwick District Council (WDC), Coun Mini Kaur Mangat’s, chosen charity – which has extra special meaning this year.
Coun Mangat handed over the cheque for £12,000 to Macmillan’s Relationship Fundraising Manager Sarah Chadwick at a special presentation ceremony, also attended by Chair’s consort Susan Rasmussen and staff from Oakley Wood Crematorium.
Macmillan was chosen by Coun Mangat to be one of her supported charities in honour of Susan’s late husband Coun Jonathan Nicholls, who passed away earlier this year.
Jonathan was due to become WDC Chairman in May, and Macmillan was to be one of his chosen charities.
Coun Mangat said: “My sincere thanks go to the families who have kindly agreed to the donations at such a difficult time.
“Macmillan was the charity chosen by the late Jonathan Nicholls before his untimely passing and him taking up the role of WDC Chair. I wanted to honour his wishes and I think it shows how much he cared for the community that he chose a charity that gives people in the community so much practical and emotional support.
“I want to say, that I commend his choice and I too very much admire the ‘whatever it takes to help’ values of Macmillan and the excellent work they do. I was delighted that Jonathan’s wife, Coun Susan Rasmussen joined me to present the cheque to Macmillan.”
Macmillan Relationship Fundraising Manager, Sarah Chadwick added: “This donation has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the bereaved families who’s loved ones were cremated at Oakley Wood, and we are so grateful to them as well as the Chairman of Warwick District Council, for nominating Macmillan to receive the funds.
“Donations such as this mean we can continue to do whatever it takes for people living with cancer, and £12,000 is an incredible amount of money which will go a long way in providing vital support. It was a pleasure to meet the Chair today and receive the cheque on behalf of Macmillan. Thank you to Warwick District Council and the selfless bereaved families, for your extremely kind donation.”