Charity partners top £20,000 for SHA

Westerleigh Group has rounded off its year-long charity partnership by increasing its total given to more than £20,000.

A final cheque for £11,000 was presented at West Lothian Crematorium to round off a year of fundraising by the UK’s largest independent owner and operator of crematoria and cemeteries, which includes sites in Borders, Stirlingshire and West Lothian crematoria.

At the end of 2021, Roger Mclaughlan stepped down as Westerleigh Group’s Chief Executive Officer after learning he had inherited the faulty gene that leads to Huntington’s disease.

His successor, Debbie Smith, said: “Choosing Scottish Huntington’s Association and the Huntington’s Disease Association as our corporate charity partners seemed to be a fitting way for Westerleigh Group to honour, thank and pay tribute to Roger for his leadership.

“Our colleagues across the country got behind our fundraising challenge and found lots of different ways of raising money for the charity, bringing together local communities in support.”

With the consent of families, metals recovered during cremation are recycled and the funds raised from this are donated to charities and other organisations which serve the communities surrounding Westerleigh Group’s sites all over the country.

Donations were also invited for Scottish Huntington’s Association during community events at Westerleigh’s Scottish sites and last September a team from West Lothian Crematorium took part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk.

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