Woollensbrook Cemetery & Crematorium in Hertfordshire is giving three local charities a total of more than £16,000 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.
Woollensbrook Crematorium is giving £5,000 each to The Scratching Post and Stand By Me, and £6,761.71 to CHEXS.
Martin Langdon, site manager at Woollensbrook, explained why these three organisations were chosen.
He said: “I got my cat from The Scratching Post, in Waltham Abbey. This sanctuary works really hard and don’t receive many donations, so I am hoping that this money from us will really make a big difference to them.
“Stand By me was launched in 2014 to support bereaved children, young people and their families in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage.
“Again, it’s quite a small charity, where a donation like this will really matter.
“CHEXS is a small local charity which works with disadvantaged and under-performing school-age children and their families.
“They work to equip young people to face everyday challenges and to achieve their potential for a better future.
“All three organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of people in our communities who need some additional support.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide them with these donations, especially during these particularly challenging times for many charities.”