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RECYCLING helped a crematorium make a big donation to a children’s hospice.

The Oaks crematorium, in Havant, donated £3,333 to Naomi House Children’s Hospice, near Winchester.

It is run by Southern Co-operative which belongs to a metals recycling scheme.

Manager of the crematorium Roddy McGinley said: ‘It’s important to understand the recycling of metals following a cremation of a deceased person is only done with the written consent of each bereaved family.

‘Following a cremation, the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacement joints as well as items used in the construction of the coffin.

‘This metal, always with the bereaved family’s approval, is recycled by Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice.

‘For us, Naomi House struck a chord for the support it gives to children, young people and their families.’