Last week (Wednesday), Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity was presented with a cheque for £5,000 from Harrogate Borough Council.
Twice a year, the borough council's bereavement services raise money through the recycling of metals recovered from cremations with consent from the bereaved families. The recycled metals include those used in the construction of the coffins and in orthopaedic implants such as hip, knee and replacement joints.
The charity chosen for the last six-months is Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, which supports the work of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. It provides funding for community public access defibrillators, first aid awareness sessions and the annual Restart a Heart Day campaign, as well as supporting a team of volunteer doctors who provide specialist care at serious incidents.
Councillor Andy Paraskos, Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member for environment, waste reduction and recycling, said: "I'd like to thank those families who, during a difficult time, have consented to us recycling metals recovered. By raising this money, everyone involved has done their bit to helping local charities such as Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity."
Danielle Norman, Charitable Fund Manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, said: "We would like to thank Harrogate Borough Council for this very generous donation, some of which will be used to benefit the local community by placing public access defibrillators at cemeteries in Harrogate and Ripon. We know that in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest, immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation can dramatically improve the patient's chance of survival."
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