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Windfalls for hospices

Two Boston charities have received an unexpected windfall from Boston Borough Council. Local hospices, St. Barnabas Hospice and Butterfly Hospice, each received £2,108.22 gained from the recycling of reclaimed metals removed after cremations.

The metals, which are mostly used in coffin construction and some from surgical implants, such as replacement joints, have to be separated from ashes following cremations. The crematorium then has a duty to dispose of this residual metal waste in the most environmentally friendly way possible, and it has joined a scheme for crematoria to recycle metal. Those participating typically donate any monies raised to death-care charities such as hospices, bereavement support and medical research.

Both hospices will spend the money locally for the benefit of those requiring the services they offer.

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Martin Potts, Boston Borough Council's Principal Officer Bereavement, left, and Cllr Claire Rylott, the council's Cabinet member with responsibility for crematoria and cemeteries, right, present the cheque to Chris Wheyway, Chief Executive, St Barnabas, Lincolnshire, and Staff Nurse Sue Thurston.

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Cllr Claire Rylott and Martin Potts present the cheque to Linda Sanderson, Butterfly Hospice Trust Manager.