From left, bereavement midwife Sharon Younge, QEH fundraising executive Laurence Morlaas, crematorium attendant Peter Childerley, Mayor Geoff Hipperson, cemetery and crematorium manager Chris Black and Paul Kunes on Wednesday. Picture: Ian Burt

A fundraising scheme at Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn has seen £8,000 donated to a family bereavement suite fund at the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson and Paul Kunes, cabinet member for commercial services, presented the cheque to the hospital’s fundraising manager Laurence Morlaas for the central delivery suite bereavement fund.

The money was raised through a charitable scheme operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). 

Under the scheme, metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased.

Twice a year the institute asks members including Mintlyn, to nominate local charities which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones.

In the last eight years, the Lynn crematorium has presented £90,123 to charities in the area including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Friends in Bereavement, MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association), East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

Sharon Younge, fetal medicine and bereavement midwife at the hospital, said: “We are sincerely grateful for this generous donation which will help fund the refurbishment of the dedicated bereavement suite for our families.”

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