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Kettering’s Warren Hill Crematorium donates £10,000 to the Twinkling Stars Appeal at Kettering General Hospital

Published: Monday, 1st March 2021

Kettering’s Warren Hill Crematorium has donated £10,000 to the Twinkling Stars Appeal at Kettering General Hospital.

This is from money received for participating in the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) metals recycling scheme.

This takes our total to over £119,000 donated to local bereavement related charities since 2011. Other charities to have previously received donations include: Cransley Hospice, Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Kettering Mind, KGH Charitable Fund and MacMillan Cancer Support, among others. 

The Twinkling Stars Appeal aims to raise £1million to dramatically improve the bereavement facilities for local families who have suffered the trauma of losing their baby.

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 are able to benefit from the metals recycled by Warren Hill Crematorium, and it is a tremendous achievement that over £119,000 has been donated to local bereavement related charities over the last 10 years.”

Jayne Chambers, Kettering General Hospital’s Head of Strategic Corporate and Community Fundraising, said: “We are extremely grateful for Kettering Crematorium’s donation of £10,000 towards our Twinkling Stars Appeal.

“While fundraising for the Appeal has been significantly disrupted by the Covid pandemic our appeal to dramatically improve the bereavement facilities at KGH for local families who lose their baby is still very much open.

“We are looking forward to a time when we can re-launch active fundraising for the appeal as Covid restrictions are lifted and organising fundraising events becomes easier.”

Notes to Editors

For more information on Kettering’s Warren Hill Crematorium, go to: kettering.gov.uk/crematorium

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.

Twinkling Stars Appeal

The plan is to develop a new bereavement suite at Kettering General Hospital - adjacent to the Delivery Suite but entirely separate from it - where families who have suffered a loss can get quiet, compassionate, and supportive care and spend time with their loved one. It would create:

  • A new bereavement room with en-suite bathroom and an appropriate cold cot.
  • A new Family Room just for bereaved families to use entirely separate from the delivery suite. This would be a place where family members could meet, wait in, and use in support of bereaved parents.
  • Quiet Room and office – This would be a place where the bereavement midwives are based which would have the dual purpose of being a quiet room where bad news could be communicated or where post mortem results could be discussed.