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Crematorium recycling helps local hospice

A recycling initiative at Teesside Crematorium has helped provide money for a local hospice. Families from Middlesbrough agreed recycling metals resulting from cremation, such as coffin metal and orthopaedic implants.

“I’m grateful to all the families who gave their consent for metals to be recycled... That generous gesture at a difficult time has made possible a vital donation for an important local charity, and will make a very real difference to the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

– Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment

The recycling scheme is part of a national programme organised by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

A cheque for £4,411 was presented to Zoë’s Place.


Police raise funds for two charities

Cheque presentation to Zoe's Place Credit: Cleveland Police

Two charities have benefitted from a road safety event organised by Cleveland Police's Motorcycle section.

The Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place were presented with cheques for £500 each from the proceeds raised at Ridewell 2013, which was held at Preston Park on Sunday 11th August.

Ridewell, which held its twelfth event this year, continues in its efforts to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities on the county’s roads.

Cheque presentation to the Great North Air Ambuance Credit: Cleveland Police

Assistant Chief Constable Sean White said: “We are very pleased to be able to present the Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Place with this money, which will hopefully go some way in continuing with their incredible work.”


Staff "devastated" as hospice forced to close

The clean up begins at Zoe's place chidren's hospice, Middlesbrough. Credit: ITV news/Jonny Blair

Staff at a children's hospice in Middlesbrough said they are 'devastated' after the building was badly damaged by leaking water.

Staff are "devastated" at damage to hospice. Credit: ITV news/Jonny Blair

Zoe's Place is closed until further notice.

Ceilings, skirting boards and electric wires are damaged in many of the rooms.

The hospice is used by families with children who are terminally ill or require special care.