A charity that supports young cancer suffers has received a much-needed boost thanks to a unique recycling scheme.
Teesside Crematorium's donation of £15,000 to the Teenage Cancer Trust will help the charity provide specialised nursing care and support.
It's the only charity of its kind in the UK delivering world-class cancer services for young people so they don't have to face cancer alone.
Under the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's Metal Recycling Scheme, families can give consent for the recycling of metals resulting from cremation.
These include metals used in orthopaedic implants such as hip and knee replacements and in the construction of coffins.
The national scheme enables Middlesbrough Council - which runs the crematorium - to make an annual charitable donation to local good causes.
Councillor Barrie Cooper, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Environment, Finance & Governance, visited Teesside Crematorium this week to present a cheque to Donna Bednarek from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
He said: "The Teenage Cancer Trust is a fantastic charity that makes a priceless difference to countless lives.
"They're there to help young people and their families cope with some of the toughest challenges life can throw at them.
"I'm delighted that this innovative scheme can support such great work - the Teenage Cancer Trust is a very worthy recipient of this year's charity donation."
Donna Bednarek, Senior Relationships Manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland, North East & Cumbria for the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "We are incredibly grateful to be chosen for the £15,000 donation from Teesside Crematorium.
"This will enable us to be there for young people facing a cancer diagnosis when they need us most.
"Our specialist nursing team and Youth Support Coordinators are funded by generous donations form the public and local organisations such as Teesside Crematorium and we couldn't do what we do without generous donations like this."
The Metal Recycling Scheme has been run by the ICCM since 2006 in partnership with Dutch company Orthometals, reflecting bereavement services' ethos to make a difference to the communities they serve and to make the least impact on the environment.
The scheme has now donated more than £13.4 million to 583 charities and good causes across the United Kingdom.
A spokesman said: "ICCM and Orthometals' partnership with the recycling of metals scheme has once again been possible due to the very hard work of our scheme members and the actions of the bereaved that their relative's would wished to help others after they had died.
"The Board would also, therefore, like to thank the bereaved people that give their consent to recycle metals.
"The December round, we hope will help a great number of charities that have once again suffered badly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The latest round has ensured that an extra £2,010,000 will be donated to good causes with 134 separate nominations.
"Every ICCM member should be proud of this work and we hope to continue to build on it in 2022."