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Mayor hands £10,000 donation to St. Richard’s Hospice

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Worcester City Council has presented a cheque for £10,000 to St. Richard's Hospice – a local charity which cares for adults and their loved ones following diagnosis of a serious progressive illness. 

The amount was paid over on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metals recycling scheme, which the City Council's crematorium is part of. 

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St. Richard's Hospice said: "We're so grateful for this generous donation, which could help pay for a clinical nurse specialist for close to three months. "It's been a particularly challenging year for charities like us with fundraising events cancelled and charity shops closed, but, with the support of wonderful community partners like the city council, we can continue to provide free care for patients and their families across Worcestershire when they need us." 

The £10,000 cheque was presented by the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Jo Hodges. Following the cremation of a deceased person, the cremated remains contain metals from the coffin and from orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacement joints. The recycling of metals resulting from cremation is only carried out with the written consent of each bereaved family. 

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management works with councils across the country, and many charities both nationally and locally have benefitted from its recycling scheme. To date, Worcester City Council has contributed close to £60,000 to local charities through the scheme. 

For more information about St. Richard's Hospice, go to www.strichards.org.uk  

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