Bath & North East Somerset Council has donated £15,000 from recycling metal salvaged from Haycombe Crematorium in Bath, to a local charity which provides bereavement support to children and young people.
Josephine’s Star offers one-on-one support sessions with trained volunteers to children and youth who have experienced significant loss.
The charity also provides bereavement first aid training to schools in Somerset, equipping staff with the skills to manage and support a child or young person through their bereavement.
Leif Tarry, Founder of Josephine’s Star, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Council for this donation which will go a long way towards providing bereavement support to children and young people in Somerset. Our trained volunteers help people who are referred to us develop strategies to cope with their grief through play and activities.
“The money we received will allow us to support more children by recruiting and training more volunteers and providing them with resources to help young people overcome their loss.
The charity is the latest to benefit from money raised by recycling everyday items such as medical pins, metal plates and artificial joints, which are salvaged from the cremated remains of a loved one and recycled through a national program.
Councilor Dine Romero, Cabinet Member for Children and Youth, Communities and Culture, said: “This is our biggest donation from recycling crematorium metals to date and I am delighted that we were able to support Josephine’s Star. Losing a loved one at a young age can be an incredibly traumatic experience and have a lasting impact on mental well-being. The one-to-one professional support provided by Josephine’s Star volunteers can make a huge difference to those struggling with the loss of someone special.
The non-profit metal recycling program is managed by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management of which the B&NES Council is a member. Program members collect the metal from the cremators and the money raised through recycling is divided among ICCM members for distribution to charities.
Councilor David Wood, a member of the Neighborhood Services Cabinet, said: ‘We always respectfully collect the cremated remains of a loved one and collect metal items used in cremator surgery with the consent of the family. The most responsible way to dispose of them is to recycle them. We believe it is right that the money raised be used to support bereaved charities and I hope the bereaved will be reassured.
To be eligible for program donations, charities are selected on the basis that they are to help those who are grieving or dying. Local charities that meet the criteria can contact Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium staff on: 01225 396020 or email: [email protected]
For more information about Josephine’s Star, including referrals, volunteering or fundraising, or Grief First Aid training, visit: www.josephinesstar.org.uk
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