Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Donation made to East Anglia's Children's Hospices nook appeal
Cllr Nick Daubney, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and Cllr Kathy Mellish, borough council cabinet member for Facilities and ICT, presented Tina Burdett, EACH West Norfolk Regional Fundraiser with a cheque for £7,000 on Tuesday, 19 March at Mintlyn Crematorium.
The donation was 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 £74,000 has been donated to local charities. This year, staff at Mintlyn Crematorium chose to support the nook appeal being run by EACH.
The nook appeal was launched in November 2014 to raise £10 million for the building of a new hospice in Framingham Earl, helping transform children’s palliative care for Norfolk.
Cllr Kathy Mellish said: “I am very pleased to be 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.”
Tina Burdett said: “We hope the new hospice will be ready to go by summer, so we’re now in the final stages of the nook appeal and it’s really important we continue receiving donations like this to help get us over the line. Thank you to Mintlyn for this presentation.”
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), Theresa's Tiny Treasures, and Alzheimer's Society.