Great Glen Crematorium in Leicestershire is giving three local charities a total of £10,000 in donations, which it raised as part of its metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at each of the 34 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group is used to support local worthy causes.
Great Glen Crematorium is giving £4,000 to the Laura Centre and £3,000 each to Rainbows Hospice and the Bodie Hodges Foundation.
Harvey Watson, site manager at the crematorium, said: “These three charities are very local to us, and rely totally on donations in order to continue their incredible work to make a positive difference to the lives of local people who are in need of support and help.
“Like many charities, this year they have found it harder than ever to get money because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide these worthy causes with some financial support which I know they will truly appreciate.”
The Laura Centre was opened in 1991 to provide therapeutic support to anyone bereaved of a child or young person, and to support children who have lost a parent or carer.
The Laura Centre provides a safe, friendly, inclusive environment and has a team of qualified counsellors and trained visiting counsellors.
Rainbows Hospice is the only such facility in the East Midlands specifically for children and young people and provides vital care and support to families impacted by life-limiting conditions.
It provides end of life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care.
The Bodie Hodges Foundation was formed in 2012 by the family of a boy who died at the age of 10 months and provides support to families who have been bereaved of a child and also promotes organ donation.
Bodie was an organ donor, and as a result, gave hope and life to four other children. In October 2016, the charity opened Bodie’s Boathouse, a luxury lakeside three-bedroom retreat in Lincolnshire where families can spend valuable time together after the death of a child.