Staff at Aylesbury Vale Crematorium have been sharing some extra cheer this month by donating money and Easter eggs to CLIC Court in Oxford.
CLIC Court provides a ‘home from home’, offering free accommodation for families to enable them to stay close to their children who are having cancer treatment in hospital nearby.
It is run by the Young Lives vs Cancer charity, which was previously known as CLIC Sargent.
The crematorium has made a £2,000 donation to CLIC Court and, in partnership with nearby Woollensbrook Cemetery & Crematorium, donated around 75 Easter eggs to the charity.
Both crematoria are part of Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner and operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 37 sites in England, Scotland and Wales, all set within beautifully-landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.
The £2,000 donation came from Aylesbury Vale Crematorium’s metal recycling scheme.
With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any funds raised are used to support local charities and other worthy organisations.
The teams at each of Westerleigh’s sites are invited to suggest charities and organisations which benefit local communities as recipients for donations.
Vivienne Centala, site manager at Aylesbury Vale Crematorium, said: “I asked my team to find charities that perhaps weren’t so well known, that we might be able to support.
“We met with the Young Lives vs Cancer team and after hearing about their work, it left us in no doubt that we wanted to support them and help raise more awareness about them.
“Meeting the ladies at CLIC Court truly humbled me. The difference they make to the families who are coping with a poorly child is priceless.
“The team at CLIC Court work tirelessly to support the parents, to entertain the siblings of poorly youngers, and to give these families a sense of normality in an environment which really does feel as if you are in someone’s home.
“I cannot describe how wide the smiles were from the ladies at CLIC Court when I asked them to help me unload the Easter eggs from the car.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to support an organisation which makes such a positive difference to the lives of local families.”
To find out more about Aylesbury Vale Crematorium, please visit their website www.aylesburyvalecrem.co.uk