Ipswich Bereavement Services present £8,000 to local charity

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Thanks to a national recycling scheme supported by Ipswich Borough Council, GeeWizz Charity gratefully received two cheques totalling £8,000 this week.

The recycling scheme is endorsed by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, after each cremation, and with the agreement of the family, the metals from the coffin, along with orthopaedic implants, are recycled and funds are set aside ready to support the great work of charities in the area.

Gina and her charity colleagues, Jade Perry, and Crystal Barber received the donation from Councillor Phil Smart, Bereavement Services portfolio-holder, and Emma Helyard.

Phil Smart said: “We are really pleased that this money is going to such a worthwhile cause, making a big difference to local young people who benefit from GeeWizz.”

Founder Gina Long MBE said: “As a small charity, we were dancing and crying with joy when we heard the news about this generous donation from the Council. It will really help our work. We have just presented a much-needed ‘Sensory Magic Carpet’ to the Bridge School, which will be used by over 100 children every week and now we will be able to assist the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy in Ipswich.”

“Having visited the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy following the cheque presentation, the funds given by Ipswich Borough Council will help purchase sensory garden and playground equipment, as part of an overall garden redevelopment at the academy, of which plans are still being drawn up.”

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