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Windfall for diabetes charity from Council recycling scheme

A cheque for £8,000 has been presented to Diabetes UK as part of a North East Lincolnshire Council scheme.

North East Lincolnshire Council raised the money from the sale of recyclable materials, with all proceeds are given to charity.

The money will go towards supporting people with diabetes both locally and across the country. More than £65,000 raised for the scheme has been given to charity since 2014.

Diabetes UK, the leading charity for people living with the condition, received the money at a ceremony at Grimsby Crematorium.

Lisa Logan, head of bereavement services at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Diabetes is something close to our hearts, as a number of our colleagues live with what is a very serious illness.

“We choose a different charity each time we offer a donation, and Diabetes UK was one we thought it was important to help out.

“We’ve been running this project for five years now and the feeling of helping people never wears off.

“This scheme is a great way of giving something back to those in need, while also helping the environment by recycling sensitive materials.

“We’re pleased to be one of the local authorities offering this kind of donation, and proud of the good it does for the community.”

Tyler Anderson, regional fundraiser for Diabetes UK, said: “This amazing donation will allow us to continue supporting people living with diabetes through research, campaigns and our helpline.

“Everyone at Diabetes UK is so grateful for this donation and the scheme is such a fantastic idea to help charities like ours do invaluable work.”

Money raised for the donation came from the sale of recyclable materials which are salvaged following cremation.

Relatives of the deceased give their consent before the cremation and collection of metals goes ahead.

Proceeds from the sale of recyclable metals have been awarded to charity every year since 2014, with a cheque handover taking place twice a year.

Previously, the materials were removed and buried in the crematorium grounds, but this is no longer possible as a result of government legislation. The Environment Agency classifies the metal as waste.

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