Crematorium recycling scheme raises £5,000 for GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service will benefit to the tune of £5,000 thanks to an innovative recycling scheme run by Teesside Crematorium.

Families regularly give consent for the recycling of metals resulting from cremation as part of a scheme which is part of a national programme organised by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

Recycled metals include those used in the construction of the coffin and in orthopaedic implants such as hip, knee and replacement joints.

The scheme allows Middlesbrough Council, who run the crematorium, to make charitable donations to local good causes.

The latest to benefit is Great North Air Ambulance which received a cheque for £5,000 in a presentation made at the recently refurbished Chapel of Remembrance at the Acklam Road facility.

Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for environment and commercial services, said: “This scheme has been running for a little while now and has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for a wide variety of local charities who operate to the benefit of people in Middlesbrough and Teesside.

“The Great North Air Ambulance Service is a life-saving service which is entirely self-financing and we are very happy to help in any small way we can.”

GNAAS are called to around 1,000 incidents every year.

Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “This donation roughly equates to the cost of one mission flown by our team. This means we will be able to respond in someone’s time of need.

“We are hugely grateful for this significant contribution as we are dependent on charitable donations to survive. We could not continue without such generosity.”

• Pictured above (left to right): Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council Bereavement Services manager Colin Duncan and Tracey Bowstead, public liaison assistant for GNAAS.