Rowans Hospice receives huge cash donation from Havant crematorium

DELIGHT Ali George from The Rowans and Roddy McGinley from the crematorium
DELIGHT Ali George from The Rowans and Roddy McGinley from the crematorium

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STAFF from Havant’s new crematorium have donated £3,473 to The Rowans Hospice.

The cash was generated through funds from a national recycling scheme that the crematorium belongs to.

The Oaks, off Barton’s Road, was opened by The Southern Co-operative in December last year.

It belongs to a metals recycling scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).

Crematorium manager Roddy McGinley said: ‘It’s important to understand that 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 cremated 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 ICCM with proceeds shared between its members to donate to a charity of their choice. For us, it was important to support Rowans Hospice as a local charity.’

Ali George, corporate and trust relations at the Purbrook hospice, said: ‘The Rowans Hospice is delighted to have been nominated to receive a donation from The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

‘This is a significant donation, the equivalent of supporting seven patients requiring in-patient care at the hospice. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone on the team who nominated the hospice.’