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Dementia Friends boost from Crematorium scheme

An innovative recycling scheme supported by bereaved families has given a boost to the Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough project.

Teesside Crematorium raised £8,000 from its latest share of funds from the national Metal Recycling Scheme which is run by the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management.

Families regularly give consent for the recycling of metals resulting from cremation at Teesside Crematorium as part of the scheme.

Recycled metals include those used in coffin construction and in orthopaedic implants such as hip, knee and replacement joints.

The scheme allows Middlesbrough Council, which runs the crematorium, to make charitable donations to local good causes.

Brian Rowcroft, Project Lead for Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough, said: "This is a fabulous donation to the project.

"It will enable me to support more activities for people living with dementia and their carers, families and friends in the community

"This will make a real difference to their quality of life."

Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Environment, presented the donation at the charity's monthly tea dance at the Acklam Green Centre.

He said: "The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough project does amazing work across communities and age groups, and I can't think of a more deserving recipient for this year's donation.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has agreed to take part in the recycling scheme which has made a huge difference to a number of great causes over the years."

In previous years the scheme has raised thousands of pounds for Teesside Hospice, stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, the Butterwick Hospice, and Zoe's Place.

Pictured: Middlesbrough Council Bereavement Services Manager Colin Duncan, Councillor Dennis McCabe, Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Project Lead Brian Rowcroft