(l-r) Lizzie Linton, Elizabeth Cuthbert, South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, Viviene McConechy, and Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie has donated a cheque for £4,487 to childrens' charity Ayr and District Save the Children thanks to money raised through the outstanding generosity of families who have cremated a loved one at Masonhill crematorium.
The families then allowed metal recovered following cremation to be recycled, raising money for children with life-threatening conditions.
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 dignity and fully in line with the wishes of family members.
Elizabeth Cuthbert, Chairperson of Ayr and District Save the Children, who accepted the cheque from Provost Moonie, said: "It is incredible that even in their time of grief many people took time to think of others and we are very grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness. We have decided that the Nepal Earthquake Appeal should benefit from this generous donation that will make a real difference to the lives of many children."
Provost Moonie concluded: "Ayr and District Save the Children branch organise a year long calendar of fundraising events throughout South Ayrshire to raise money for the important work carried out by Save the Children UK. The organisation works tirelessly for the rights of children, to improve and save their lives. The cheque I was so privileged to present will make a difference to this worthwhile charity and on this occasion to the people of Nepal who have had their lives devastated by an earthquake.
Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment added: "I would like to thank the families and relatives who, during their time of grief, have still been thinking of others. It is very humbling to know that these people are helping children through this wonderful scheme, during their time of grief they still think of helping others."