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Donation made to Alzheimer's Society

Cllr Carol Bower, with Bev Mitchell and Chris Black, crematorium staff, presenting a cheque for £5,000 to Jacky Phipps of the Alzheimer's Society

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Cllr Carol Bower, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, presented a cheque for £5,000 to Jacky Phipps of the Norfolk and Suffolk branch of Alzheimer’s Society on 20 April at Mintlyn Crematorium.

The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member. 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 its scheme members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.

In the seven years that Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme, just over £57,000 has been donated to local charities. This year, staff at Mintlyn Crematorium have chosen to support the fundraising work of Alzheimer’s Society.

Cllr Kathy Mellish, cabinet member for Facilities and ICT, said: “The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk has supported a range of charities through this scheme, both small and large, but what they all have in common is the tireless work they do for the people in our borough, and Alzheimer’s Society is no exception. Their need to raise funds is always pressing, so I’m delighted we are presenting this charity with a cheque for a significant contribution”.

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, working tirelessly to challenge perceptions, fund research and improve and provide care and support. It is committed to ensuring the rights of people affected by dementia are recognised as too many are facing dementia alone without adequate support.

Dementia devastates lives; it slowly strips people of their memories, relationships and identities. It is an umbrella term, used to describe a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language and often changes in mood, perception or behaviour. There are many types of dementia, the most common cause being Alzheimer’s disease.

There are more than 14,000 people living with dementia in Norfolk – of this 2,600 live in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk. At a local level Alzheimer’s Society provides support through its Side by Side service, Norfolk Dementia Advisor and Support Service, Dementia Support Workers and Dementia Cafes.

Jenna Veneziani, Community Fundraiser for Norfolk and Suffolk, said “We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice.

“We want to thank Mintlyn Crematorium for this very generous donation as it will help Alzheimer’s Society to continue to find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected.”

Mintlyn Crematorium is owned and operated by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. Previously, the crematorium used money raised through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) scheme to support EACH, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death Society), Friends in Bereavement, Nelson’s Journey, The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide), The Compassionate Friends, and MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association).

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