The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House has received a fantastic donation of £15,000 thanks to the kindness of a crematorium and the bereaved relatives using its services.

The funds were raised through the recycling of metals by Breckland Crematorium.

Nathan Rollings, a director of the crematorium, said:

"The amount of £15,000 has been raised through a scheme set up by the ICCM (Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management) where the residual metals left after cremation has taken place, such as fixings used in the construction of the coffin and medical implants are collected and recycled with the family’s permission.

"All the proceeds which are left after the costs of collecting and recycling the metals are donated to bereavement charities. This is a much more environmentally sensitive way of dealing with these metals where historically they would have been buried in crematorium gardens.

"Breckland Crematorium successfully nominated The Norfolk Hospice to receive a donation because of the very important work that the Hospice does within our local communities to support those with life limiting illnesses by providing care both within the hospice and at home."

Lindsey Atkin, Community and Corporate Fundraising Manager, said:

“We are thrilled to receive this fantastic donation. These funds will not only help provide vital care for people living with life limiting illnesses in the local community, but also provide essential bereavement care for their loved ones too.”