Crematorium effort raises £14,000 for mental health charity

A CHARITY helping people suffering with mental health illness has received a £14,000 boost.

Mind in Somerset was selected as Yeovil Crematorium’s Charity of Choice and handed the donation.

The money was raised through the Recycling of Metals Scheme, a not-for-profit scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).

Funds are donated by ICCM members, in this case Yeovil Crematorium, to national and local charities of the member’s choice.

John Ranger, specialist operations manager at Yeovil Crematorium, said: “Through the ICCM’s scheme, we are delighted that Mind in Yeovil are the recipients of this donation and are proud to support them as a local charity whose work directly benefits our local community.

“Out of difficult and sad circumstances, with the consent of bereaved relatives, we are also able to ensure that metals are safely and sustainably reclaimed, preventing land contamination and reducing our environmental impact.”

Victoria Poole, funding manager at Mind in Somerset, added: “Mind in Somerset are incredibly grateful for this generous support from Yeovil Crematorium. We rely on the generosity of the communities we support to be able to continue our services.

“This money will have significant impact in allowing us to continue the support we provide for the local community.”

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