Recycled metal has resulted in a donation of more than £4,000 to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

A cheque for £4,444 was been donated by Cheshire West and Chester Council to the Backford charity. The money was raised through the recycling of metal retrieved by the council’s crematorium team, following the cremation process.

The recycling scheme is run with the consent of families using the crematorium’s services.

The scheme is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management and crematoria throughout the UK take part.

A local charity is nominated twice a year to benefit from the funds generated from the recycling. During 2015 almost £12,000 was donated to local charities in the borough.

Cabinet member for environment Cllr Karen Shore said: “This money is presented with sincere thanks to bereaved families who give their permission for metal to be recycled at the crematorium.

“I’d like to think they will be comforted in the knowledge that their loss is helping fund a charity dedicated to making life easier for terminally ill patients and their families.

“Council staff take great care to abide by the wishes of families and friends and the recycling of metal takes place only when express permission has been obtained.”

Cllr Shore presented the cheque for £4,444 to community fundraiser at the hospice Phil Crawford who said: “I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who nominated the hospice to receive this money.

“Every donation that we receive really does help to make a difference to the people we support. It’s a wonderful boost to our fundraising.”