A CHARITY which offers support to bereaved youngsters in North Worcestershire saw a boost to its coffers thanks to recycling efforts at Redditch Crematorium.

Touchstones, which covers North East Worcestershire, received £4337 from Redditch Borough Council’s crematorium, in Bordesley Lane, which recycled metals left behind by the cremation process.

Families give their permission for the residual metals such as replacement hips to be recycled via a nationally recognised scheme.

Touchstones fundraising manager Vicki Quarton said: "This money means we can continue to provide support to young people who have lost a loved one and are struggling to come terms with this loss.

"Often their close family members are grieving too so the time we give to these youngsters is valuable and integral for them to learn to live again."

Council Leader Bill Hartnett said: "Our crematorium is renowned for environmental excellence and for us to be able to help this charity, which provides such vital support to our young residents, at the same time, is a privilege."