Published: Friday, 13th July 2018
Cllr Nick Daubney, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk presented Theresa McGrath of Theresa’s Tiny Treasures with a cheque for £5,000 today.
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.
Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme since October 2011, and during that time over £62,000 has been donated to local charities. This year, staff at Mintlyn Crematorium have chosen to support the fundraising work of Theresa’s Tiny Treasures.
Theresa’s Tiny Treasures are a small local charity who make bereavement mementoes for families who have lost a baby, either during pregnancy or after birth. The mementoes include bereavement photography, plaster casts of feet and hands, or footprints and handprints placed on glass and ceramic. Wherever possible, the mementoes are provided free of charge.
Cllr Kathy Mellish said: “I am very pleased that we are once again presenting a donation to a worthy local cause. Over the years the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has been involved in this charitable scheme, we have supported a wide variety of charities, of all sizes, all doing very valuable work to help bereaved people in our area.”
Theresa McGrath, founder of Theresa's Tiny Treasures, said “It is a great honour to accept this generous donation to Theresa's Tiny Treasures. It will go a long way to support families losing their longed-for baby. This charity is supported by fundraising and donations alone so this is truly wonderful, thank you so very much.”
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), and MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association).