Parndon Wood Crematorium in Harlow is giving three local charities a total of nearly £24,000 in donations, which it raised as part of 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 are used to support local worthy causes.
Parndon Wood Crematorium is giving £15,000 to St Clare Hospice, £5,000 to Age Concern Harlow, and the remaining £3,794.79 of its recycling money to Streets 2 Homes.
Caroline Lowe, site manager at the crematorium, said: “All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities
“It’s an honour to be able to provide them with some financial support, especially during these particularly challenging times.”
St Clare Hospice provides free, compassionate care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.
Age Concern Harlow works to secure and uphold the rights of older people in the area, to help them feel less isolated and be able to access all services that will benefit them.
The organisation promotes friendship and social inclusion, offering a preventative service which helps provide a safer town and safer future for those at higher risk.
Streets 2 Homes provide a day centre which reaches out to, and helps, homeless people in Harlow, providing a safe and friendly environment providing essential services such as shower facilities, clean clothes, food etc. advice, support and practical assistance.
The charity also has two accommodation projects and a specialised accommodation project for women who have suffered domestic abuse.