CHEQUE: West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower with Jane Heatrick at Mintlyn Picture: Tony Jones

MONEY raised from recycled medical implants has resulted in a £5,000 donation to bereavement charity, The Compassionate Friends.

 West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower yesterday made the presentation to charity representative Jane Heatrick at Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn.

The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member.

The implants are recycled after cremation with family consent. Scheme members are asked to nominate local charities who help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones.

In the six years the crematorium has been part of the scheme and more than £47,000 has been donated to local charities.

Ms Heatrick said: “This huge amount of money will make such a difference to our local group. Until now we had survived on small donations and proceeds from a quiz we had organised. This donation will enable us to do so many things such as pay our meeting room rent and publicise our group to a wider audience. Compassionate Friends was such a comfort to our family when we lost our son Joe and daughter-in-law Vera in 2004.

“Nobody understands the grief and pain of losing a child like someone who has had the same devastating loss.”

The charity meets at The Friends’ Meeting House, Bridge Street in Lynn on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm. Call 01366 387953.