£100,000 donated to charity by Kettering’s Warren Hill Crematorium!

Published: Thursday, 27th June 2019

The Crematorium presented a cheque for £8,000 to Cruse Bereavement Care, from money received for participating in the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) metals recycling scheme.

This takes our total to more than £100,000 donated to local bereavement related charities since 2011. Some of the charities to receive donations include Cransley Hospice, Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Kettering Mind, KGH Charitable Fund and MacMillan Cancer Support, among others. Nationally, the scheme has now donated £6 million to charity.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We are extremely proud of the impressive amount of money that we have been able to donate to local bereavement charities. Kettering’s Warren Hill Crematorium continues to provide a high quality service in a family’s time of need.”

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“We’re delighted that local charities have been able to benefit from more than £100,000 from the metals recycled by Warren Hill Crematorium.”

David Pritchett at Northamptonshire Cruse Bereavement Care, said:
“We are extremely grateful for the financial support we have received from the ICCM scheme. This will go towards enabling our volunteers to provide an excellent bereavement service for the people of Northamptonshire.”

Warren Hill Crematorium & Cemeteries Team recently won Best Service Team at the APSE Service Awards, while the Crematorium was also a runner up as Crematorium of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards.

Notes to Editors

Pictured (l-r): Cameron Galloway (Cemeteries and Crematoria Manager at Warren Hill Crematorium), Sue Pritchett and David Pritchett (Cruse Bereavement Care).

Kettering Crematorium provides:
•    Over 70 years’ experience 
•    2 chapels with seating for up to 65 and 135 mourners respectively (plus room for standing) 
•    State of the art music and multimedia facilities 
•    Free parking for over 190 vehicles 
•    Beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens 
•    After service memorials and care 

ICCM Metal Recycling Scheme
Recycling of metals resulting from cremation is only carried out with the written consent of each bereaved family.

Following a cremation, the remains contain metals such as items used in the construction of the coffin and, on numerous occasions, orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacement joints. The metals collected are taken for separation, sorting and smelting in Sheffield, following which a high percentage of the higher-grade cobalt steel is sent to companies that manufacture new orthopaedic implants. The remainder of the metals, being low grade or ferrous, are returned to traditional recycling.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading bereavement charity in the UK and celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year.  Last year Cruse supported over 35,000 people face-to-face with its network of 4,900 dedicated volunteers. There were over half a million visits to our website plus thousands of other requests for information. 

We have also been involved in supporting victims of, and support workers involved in, the Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Borough Market and Manchester Area incidents. Please visit our website at: www.cruse.org.uk to get more details of our work and to hear client’s stories. There is also an opportunity there to volunteer with Cruse if you would like to help us.