THREE charities and organisations have been given donations totalling nearly £6,000 by Howe Bridge Crematorium thanks to 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 worthy causes.

Howe Bridge Crematorium has donated £4,695.21 to Wigan & Leigh Hospice, and £500 each to Wigan & Leigh Young Carers and Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link.

Lindsey Edwardson, site manager at the crematorium, said: “These organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of people in our community when they are in most need of support and assistance.

“It’s an honour to be able to provide them with these much-needed and well-deserved donations.”

Pensioners Link

Pensioners Link

Pensioners Link

Wigan & Leigh Hospice provides palliative and end of life care for people with life limiting illnesses including cancer, neurological and respiratory conditions.

Lindsey added: “Like many similar charities, they rely on their shops as a major source of income, and that has been dramatically affected by the pandemic, so I’m sure our donation will help make up for that shortfall.”

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers provides support for children from as young as five who find themselves caring for or nursing a parent who is very ill.

The charity supports the young carers through their teenage years and until they become independent adults.

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link work with the over 50s to support them with many of life’s challenges, such as finance, friendships, disabilities, feelings, wellbeing, learning, social activities and more.