Barnet charity awarded £14,000 thanks to innovative recycling scheme


Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium

Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium

A charity that cares for seriously ill children has been awarded £14,000 thanks to an innovative recycling scheme joined by Barnet Council.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in High Barnet, which helps children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, will benefit from the initiative to recycle scrap metal recovered from Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium.

The national scheme, which the council has signed up to, ensures metals from orthopaedic joints are smelted down and re-used instead of being collected and buried.

Administered by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management with the express consent of bereaved families, it is designed to avoid using up non-renewable metal ores and to free up space in the grounds of crematoria.

Half of the profits are allocated to charities working in the bereavement sector, and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which was chosen by the council to receive the money raised from its crematorium, will receive £14,000 this year.

The hospice, in Byng Road, was established in 2006 and provides care for over 350 children and their families every year.

Laura Grundy, Community Engagement Manager at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said: “This funding will help us make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, helping them to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients – as families, rather than as carers.

“On behalf of everyone at Noah’s Ark, a special thank you to the team at Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium and Barnet Council for supporting us in being there for those who need us the most.”

Barnet’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Cllr Alan Schneiderman, said: “We’re pleased to be a part of this innovative recycling scheme. We also thank those bereaved families for their strength and compassion to support the scheme, which provides vital funding to ensure seriously ill children and their families get the care and support they need to make the most of every day.”