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Two Crematoria raise £38k for charity

Barham Crematorium, in Canterbury, and Charing Crematoria, near Ashford donated nearly £38k for several different charities through a metal recycling scheme.

The programme which took place with the consent of the deceased families, recovered metals during cremation and recycled them. 

The two crematoria which are operated by Westerleigh Group donated to various different charities including MacMillan Cancer Support and Holding On Letting Go, the Kent-based group  which helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them. 

Darren Daughters, site manager of both Kent crematoria, said: “Since the donations come through the generosity of our families agreeing to recycle the metals, we try to give back to the community.

“Throughout each year, listening to families helps us to agree where to donate the money we’ve raised. This gives us a connection to the families and lets them know how much we wish to support them.”

He added: “In the past, a few families have asked us to consider their choice of charity, based on their own experiences and, again, we like to continue to support them when we can.

“All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and it’s an honour to be able to provide them with some financial support.”

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