Last month, the charity Candlelighters 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 latest chosen charity is Candlelighters, who have been supporting children with cancer and their families since 1976. Candlelighters support children from the moment they are diagnosed, through treatment, after treatment and if a family are sadly bereaved for as long as they need it. Their support includes practical, emotional and financial support for families across Yorkshire. For more information visit: www.candlelighters.org.uk.
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 Candlelighters who help families all over Yorkshire.”
Jen Aspinall, Senior Community Fundraiser at Candlelighters, said: “We would like to thank Harrogate Borough Council for this very generous donation. It will make a huge difference to families facing childhood cancer across Yorkshire. The money they have donated could fund all of the services we offer, for all families, for one day which costs approximately £4,200. It could also fund talking therapies provided for all members of our families for one month which costs £2,500. Or a holiday where families can spend much needed time together costing around £1,000. Thank you so much for your support.”
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