Wessex Vale Crematorium supports local charities
Four local charities and organisations have been given donations totalling £16,000 by Wessex Vale Crematorium, just outside Southampton, 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 35 crematoria and cemeteries nationwide operated by Westerleigh Group is used to support local worthy causes.
Wessex Vale Crematorium has handed cheques for £4,000 to Mountbatten Hampshire, Abby’s Heroes, Rose Road Association and St Francis Animal Welfare Charity.
Lisa Johnson, multi-site manager for Westerleigh Group, said: “All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of those in our community who are most in need of support and assistance.
“All the charities were nominated by members of the Wessex Vale Crematorium team, either because of some personal or family involvement or because the charity represents a cause close to their hearts.”
Mountbatten Hampshire, formerly known as Countess Mountbatten Hospice, is a charity which provides free care and support to people with any life-limiting illness. The organisation also provides free bereavement and psychological support to patients and their families.
This was chosen because a member of the Wessex Vale team has had personal experience of the services and exceptional care and support the charity provides.
The Rose Road Association provides services for more than 300 children and young adults with severe physical disabilities, learning difficulties and/or autism, across Hampshire and surrounding counties.
It was chosen because the nephew of a member of the Wessex Vale team has been visiting Rose Road since he was a small boy, and the support the organisation has provided to him and his family has made a huge positive difference to their lives.
Abby’s Heroes is a charity which supports children, teenagers, young adults, and their families when there has been a diagnosis of cancer and they come under the care of the Piam Brown and T.Y.A. Wards at Southampton General Hospital.
Another Wessex Vale team member has seen first-hand what amazing work this organisation provides to people during very difficult times.
St Francis Animal Welfare has been caring for, rehabilitating and re-homing domestic animals since 1953, including dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, caged birds, various small mammals, and reptiles.
This was chosen because it is a local charity whose small team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide safety and support for animals.
Lisa added: “It’s an honour to be able to provide these tremendous organisations with these much-needed and well-deserved donations, particularly during these challenging times when many charities are sadly seeing a drop in donations because of the impact of the pandemic.”