Local charity boosted by donation from Surrey & Sussex crematorium

Rainbow Trust, a charity that supports terminally ill children and their families, has received a timely cash boost of £5,000 from Surrey & Sussex Crematorium in Crawley.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:39 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:40 am

The Crematorium and Memorial Group (CMG), who operate the crematorium were able to make the donation due to its participation in a nationwide metal recycling scheme operated by the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries.

The scheme sees metals which have been recovered from the cremation process recycled with the express consent of bereaved families and the profit donated to charity.

For the past 12 months, CMG has set aside a fund to help local charities whose fundraising has been deeply impacted by Covid-19 but have adapted to continue providing services and support.

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium have donated £5,000 to the Rainbow Trust. Picture courtesy of The Crematorium and Memorial Group

The Rainbow Trust cannot change a sick child’s diagnosis but can provide emotional and practical support to the family, to help understand and cope with the outcome.

The charity’s family support workers are there to help families whose time together is limited, they come armed with a wealth of empathy, experience, and love.

Rainbow Trust is not funded by the government or subsidised by the NHS, yet everyday our care workers see first-hand how vital the work they do is.

Steve Gant, Director of The Crematorium and Memorial Group said: “When Rainbow Trust approached us for help, we could immediately recognise the challenges they now face.

"We are delighted to help fund their activities to ensure that the children and their families continue to receive the support they need.”

Oonagh Goodman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rainbow Trust, added: “We are very grateful to Surrey & Sussex Crematorium for supporting the work of Rainbow Trust through this incredibly generous donation, which will help us to reach more families who need our support.

"Throughout the pandemic we have continued to support families with a seriously ill child in whatever way we can, whether that be virtually, by telephone, in person where possible, or in other ways.”