Published: Thursday, 1st November 2018
Cllr Nick Daubney, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and Cllr Kathy Mellish presented Tonia King and Chris Bushby of Big C with a cheque for £5,000 today 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.
Mintlyn Crematorium has been part of the scheme since October 2011, and during that time over £67,000 has been donated to local charities. This year, staff at Mintlyn Crematorium have chosen to support the fundraising work of Big C.
Big C is Norfolk’s cancer charity and was founded in 1980 to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Since then almost £32million has been raised to buy diagnostic and surgical equipment, fund research, and provide vital support. Today Big C funds four drop-in support and information centres across Norfolk and Waveney that are used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer. The centres in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Norwich provide valuable information about diagnosis, treatments, side effects and recovery. Trained staff are also there to provide emotional help, support and complementary therapies. Find out more about their work at www.big-c.co.uk
Cllr Kathy Mellish, cabinet member for Facilities and ICT, said: “Over the years the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has been involved in this charitable scheme, we have supported a variety of organisations, of all sizes, but what they all have in common is the wonderful work they do to support local people. We all know the gruelling effect that being treated for cancer can have, so I’m very pleased our donation will help Big C support those affected in lots of ways”.
Tonia King of Big C said “Donations such as this help ensure Big C can continue to support local people affected by cancer, whether they be the patient, carer, family or friend. This may be in the form of funding ground-breaking cancer research, cutting-edge equipment in our local hospitals, emotional support in our Support & information Centres or by educating younger generations in cancer prevention - all of which happens right here in Norfolk.”
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), MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association), and Theresa’s Tiny Treasures.
In the photo are Bev Mitchell [Assistant Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager], Cllr Kathy Mellish, Tonia King [The Big C], Chris Bushby [The Big C Chief Executive Officer], borough mayor Cllr Nick Daubney, and the mayoress, Mrs Cheryl Daubney.