Monday, 1 October 2012
South Ayrshire Provost presents £8,000 to Malcolm Sargent House
Young children with cancer have benefited from a donation of £8,000 from South Ayrshire Council who presented a cheque for that amount to Malcolm Sargent House – a specialist respite care centre for kids with cancer.
[Pictured: Provost Helen Moonie (centre) and Lizzie Linton (left) representing the Council's Bereavement Service, present a cheque for £8,000 to May Gilchrist, Fundraising Manager CLIC Sargent (right).]
The money was raised thanks to the outstanding generosity of dozens of families who had cremated a loved one at Masonhill crematorium and then allowed metal implants or prosthetics to be recycled, raising money for children with cancer.
The Council is a member of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, which, with the knowledge and permission from members of a deceased person’s family, recycles left over metals once a cremation has taken place. The process is undertaken with great respect and fully in line with the wishes of family members.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the charity, Malcolm Sargent House Fundraising Manager May Gilchrist commented: “I am absolutely delighted the Council has chosen Malcolm Sargent House to receive a donation of £8,000 from their UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, and the amazing generosity of those families involved cannot be overstated.
“This gift will make such a difference to the work we do here at Prestwick offering families who have a child with cancer a brief respite break.
“Earlier in the year thieves stole lead from the roof over the playroom and it is only in the last few months that we have managed to get the surrounding area back to normal. This donation is very much appreciated by all the children, families, volunteers and staff at Malcolm Sargent House.”
Presenting the cheque, Provost Helen Moonie said: “I am very glad to present the sum of £8,000 to Malcolm Sargent House to help with the fantastic work they do for young people with cancer.
"Every day, 10 families are told their child has cancer, and the staff at Malcolm Sargent house offer those children and families a well earned break, helping them to come to terms with what is happening.
“It is a wonderful place where kids with cancer and their families can come and have a holiday by the sea. It costs half a million pounds to run every year and, since it was opened in 1994, it has hosted almost 8,000 families – some tens of thousands of people.”
Provost Moonie concluded: “In making the presentation, I am also mindful of those families and relatives whose kind-hearted generosity made this donation possible.
“I’d like to thank them sincerely for their remarkable strength and courage in thinking about others at what must have been a very difficult and sad time in their own lives.
“It is some small comfort that the money raised by such noble and selfless acts of human kindness will directly benefit very sick young children who urgently need the support and respite care offered by the staff at Malcolm Sargent House.”
South Ayrshire Council is a member of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme.
The metals used for implants are special medical grade stainless steel, titanium and cobalt chrome all produced from non-renewable resources.
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) identified a means of collecting metals from participating crematoria throughout the UK, including Masonhill and recycling them, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.
South Ayrshire Council only recycles metals with the express consent and full knowledge of family and if this is not obtained these are returned to families or left in the cremated remains.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.