AYRSHIRE Samaritans received over £4,000 thanks to the help of the bereaved families who have allowed metal implants to be recovered and recycled after the cremation of a loved one at Masonhill Crematorium.

South Ayrshire Council, who are members of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, which means that with the permission of the deceased person's family, any left over metals can be recycled and the money used to help good causes in Ayrshire, donated a cheque of £,445.

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie handed the cheque over to the Ayrshire Samaritans on behalf of the Council. 

Provost Moonie said: “I know the Ayrshire branch relies heavily on donations and I am so glad that we can help support their important work. 

"Unfortunately suicide rates in Scotland are among the highest in the UK so it is crucial that the Samaritans and other support groups continue to be at the end of a phone for people to talk to.”

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This cheque would not have been possible without the selfless generosity of the bereaved families. I am sure they take some comfort knowing that the funding will be used to provide confidential advice and support to people in need across Ayrshire.”

The Ayrshire Samaritans provide support to people who want to speak confidentially to someone about any problems they may have.

Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Ayrshire Samaritans also actively visit schools, colleges and other places to promote the multi-partner ‘Choose Life’ scheme.