Torbay Crematorium supports local charities

Torbay Crematorium surrounded by trees

Torbay Crematorium - Credit: Submitted

Three local charities and organisations have been given donations totalling £11,000 by Torbay Cemetery and Crematorium, 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.

Torbay Crematorium has donated £5,000 to Animals in Distress, £4,000 to Action To Prevent Suicide, and £2,000 to CheckPoint.

Sarah McKerrell, site manager of the crematorium, said: ““We chose these charities because they all do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of local people when they are most in need of support and help.

“It’s an honour to be able to provide these charities with some financial support, especially during these challenging times when many charities have seen their income drop because of the pandemic.”

Animals in Distress cares for domestic pets who have lost their homes, usually because their owners have died. The charity takes in the pets, cares for them and works to find them suitable new homes.

CheckPoint is based on Torquay but has services across Torbay, Paignton and Brixham and provides advice and support services to children and young people aged between eight and 17. The organisation helps with a range of issues, from drug and alcohol use to coping with depression.

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Action To Prevent Suicide helps people to recognise and support those at risk, through training, advice, collaboration and guidance. 

Sarah said: “I understand that, sadly, there has been a significant increase in suicides this year. 

“Two-thirds of people who take their own lives do not approach their GPs or a health professional, and this not-for-profit community interest company works to raise awareness and break the stigma around issues which drive people to take their own lives.”