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West Berkshire Crematorium Donates £5651.74 To Reading’s Local Hospice


Staff of West Berks Crematorium presenting a cheque for £5651.74 to George Solly (far right), Director of Fundraising, Duchess of Kent House Charity.

Making donations to charitable causes is the lighter side of the cremation business, but where do we find the funds to make such donations?

In 2008, West Berkshire Crematorium (WBC) joined a ‘not for profit’ scheme to retrieve metals and implants following each cremation. Upon the loss of a loved one, families are invited to donate the metal residues from the cremated remains to this scheme, they sign a form giving their consent. These metals are sensitively removed following each cremation and are sent for recycling on a not-for-profit basis. Annually, we receive funds arising from the sale of these metals, which we donate to deserving local registered charities.

West Berkshire Crematorium appreciates that this is a most sensitive subject, and they are most grateful to the families for their kind donations. WBC hope that the bereaved families take some comfort in the knowledge that the monies raised from their kindness, do go to help some very good causes.

Funds raised this year amount to £5651.74 and this year the chosen registered charity is ‘’ Duchess of Kent House Charity’’ in Reading. Said George Solly, of the Charity

“We are most grateful for this very generous donation raised in a most innovative and sensitive way which will certainly benefit patients in our care.”