Metal recycling scheme makes £12,000 donation to Derby cancer charity

10/8/2022, 9:31 am

Derby-based volunteer-led charity, Annabel’s Angels, which supports families living with cancer in Derby and Derbyshire, has received a large donation from Markeaton Crematorium as part of the metals recycling scheme.

Nominated by the Derby Bereavement Services staff team, the £12,000 donation has come just in time for the charity, which relies solely on donations from the public and was hard hit by Covid and the restrictions on fundraising events.

L-R: Glynn Jones – Assistant Bereavement Services Manager; Louise Hawley - Senior Bereavement Officer; Justina Nurse, Trustee; Rachel Hayward, Annabel's Angels Chair

The money has come via the ICCM Recycling of Metals Scheme. The scheme, which is governed by The Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management (ICCM), in partnership with Orthometals, has raised over £7 million for charities since it was created in 2005.

The consent of the bereaved families must be obtained before any metals are presented for recycling with all monies raised from the scheme donated to a death-related charity in Derby and Derbyshire. 

Glynn Jones from Derby Bereavement Services said: “The decision to recycle metals remaining after cremation is an environmentally responsible one, and the fact that all proceeds raised are donated to charity means recycling can have both an environmental and a broader social impact benefit. A very special thank you must be given to the bereaved families who have given their consent to recycle any metals.”

Rachel Hayward, Chair of Annabel’s Angels, added: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Markeaton Crematorium and the families who have made this possible. We support local families undergoing treatment for cancer, who need some financial assistance during a very difficult period in their lives.

"Through donations like these, we can make a difference and alleviate some of the financial strain people are under. With the cost of living soaring, we are experiencing an increase in applications, so funding such as this means we can help approximately 60 families, which is half our annual target. Thank you to everyone involved.”

For more information about Annabel’s Angels, visit 

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