Forest Park Cemetery and Crematorium is giving four charities an equal share of £10,000 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.
Forest Park overlooks Hainault Forest and serves the people of London and Essex.
Saint Francis Hospice, Havering Mind, The Alzheimer’s Society and Child Bereavement UK are each being given £2,500 from the crematorium.
Anneka Blake, Site Manager for the crematorium, said: “All these organisations do such incredible work trying to enhance and make a positive difference to the lives of people who are in need of support in different ways.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide these charitable organisations with some financial help, especially during these particularly challenging times.”
Saint Francis Hospice has a team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health and social care professionals who provide care and support to individuals with a life-limiting illness, as well as to their carers and family members, completely free of charge.
Anneka said: “During the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have suffered from mental health issues, so donating money to Havering Mind was our way of showing support for them.”
She said the Alzheimer’s Society was chosen because Forest Park Crematorium has served many families whose loved ones have suffered from dementia.
Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.
The organisation supports children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.