Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021
A cheque for £10,000 towards the Cancer Care and Treatment Charitable Fund at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was presented on Thursday 1 July 2021 at Mintlyn Crematorium.
Cllr Harry Humphrey, the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and Cllrs Brian Long and Paul Kunes, borough council Cabinet members, presented Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman, and Laurence Morlaas, Fundraising Executive, of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with the cheque.
The money has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn 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.
Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Over the last ten years Mintlyn Crematorium has raised thousands of pounds for many worthy local causes through this scheme. I’m delighted to be presenting this cheque to the Cancer Care and Treatment Charitable Fund at the QEH. It has helped thousands of people affected by cancer.”
Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, added: “The work this unit continues to do has supported many local people as they fight cancer. I hope this donation helps the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to continue the vital support they give to our community.”
Professor Steve Barnett, QEH Charmain, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, the ICCM and to our local community for this donation to our Cancer Care and Treatment Charitable Fund. The funds will help us deliver the highest standard of care and support for our patients living with cancer, and their families.”
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 the Big C Cancer Charity, the Central Delivery Bereavement Fund at QEH, The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, 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, Alzheimer's Society.