Three local charities are to share £15,000 donated by Test Valley Crematorium in Hampshire 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 are used to support local good causes.
Test Valley Crematorium, near Romsey, has donated £5,000 to Naomi’s House & Jacksplace, Edwina Mountbatten House and Jane Scarth House.
The Naomi House & Jacksplace organisation runs hospices which support children, young adults and their families from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Surrey.
Naomi House opened in 1997 to offer care and support to children who were not expected to live until adulthood and has helped more than 1,000 families so far.
The newly refurbished house provides excellent facilities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all our children and families.
Jacksplace was built in 2010 as a hospice to offer care specifically for young people aged 16 and over; it’s the only hospice for young adults in the region, providing the care and support they need while also giving them the independence they often crave.
Edwina Mountbatten House, set in the heart of Romsey, is owned and operated by the Countess Mountbatten of Burma Romsey Memorial Trusty, a not-for-profit organisation.
With 17 rooms, it is able to provide a very personal service of care.
Jane Scarth House is a charity that provides emotional and practical support to anyone whose life is affected by cancer.
Jane Scarth House opened in 1995, and was founded in memory of Romsey resident, and mother-of-two, Jane Scarth, whose family remain closely involved with the work of the charity.
Robert Metcalf, Site Manager at Test Valley Crematorium, said: “These organisations do fantastic work within the community, and we are very honoured to be able to support them during these particularly difficult times.
“Naomi House & Jacksplace, and Jane Scarth House, are supported by charity shops, but because of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, they have been closed for long periods, affecting the amount of money raised for the organisations.
“Hopefully, our donation will help make up for some of the money they’ve missed out on because of the impact of the pandemic.
“Edwina Mountbatten House is a registered charity and only exists thanks to the generosity of the Mountbatten family, the people of Hampshire, Hampshire County Council, and other generous individuals.
“Jane Scarth House continues to provide practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer, even during the lockdown. Although they can’t currently provide face-to-face support, their dedicated team is providing phone support to anyone who needs it.”