THREE Romsey charities have received a cash boost worth £15,000 from Test Valley Crematorium as part of its metal recycling scheme.

With permission from families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and any money raised at the 34 crematoria and cemeteries across the UK are used to support good causes.

Now the crematorium, operated by Westerleigh Group, has revealed they donated £5,000 each to Naomi’s House & Jacksplace, Edwina Mountbatten House, and Jane Scarth House.

Site manager at Test Valley Crematorium, Robert Metcalf, said: “These organisations do fantastic work within the community, and we are very honoured to be able to support them during these particularly difficult times.

“Naomi House & Jacksplace, and Jane Scarth House are supported by charity shops, but because of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions they have been closed for long periods, affecting the amount of money raised for the organisations.

“Hopefully, our donation will help make up for some of the money they’ve missed out on because of the impact of the pandemic."

He added: “Edwina Mountbatten House is a registered charity and only exists thanks to the generosity of the Mountbatten family, the people of Hampshire, Hampshire County Council, and other generous individuals.

“Jane Scarth House continues to provide practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer, even during the lockdown. Although they can’t currently provide face-to-face support, their dedicated team is providing phone support to anyone who needs it.”