South Essex Crematorium raises £15,000 for WAY

March 2022

We would like to say a huge thank you to South Essex Crematorium for their generous donation of £15,000 to WAY Widowed and Young through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metal recycling scheme.

The Deputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Christine Vickery, joined staff from the Council's bereavement service in presenting the cheque to WAY recently.

Jo Sedley-Burke, Chair of the Charity's Board, who joined WAY following the death of her wife Paula in 2017, said:"I would like to say a huge thank you to South Essex Crematorium for choosing to support WAY and for helping us to reach out to more young widowed people to show that there is support out there and that you don't have to grieve alone. The donation feels particularly poignant for me because my wife Paula was cremated at this Crematorium."

Cllr. Christine Vickery said: "We are enormously grateful to those families who have taken part in this specialist recycling scheme and it is a privilege to support people who are uniquely equipped to help one another as they rebuild their lives."

The specialist recycling scheme that is used by the cemeteries and crematorium services is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).

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Caption: L-R, The Deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Christine Vickery; The Deputy Mayor’s Consort, Tom Vickery; Jo Sedley-Burke, Chair of the Board of Trustees for WAY Widowed and Young; Louise Roast, Head of Bereavement and Registration Services; Lee Macey, Crematorium and Cemetery Operations Manager; Cllr. Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety.