The presentation of the cheque took place on Thursday 21 November at Southampton Crematorium.
Southampton Crematorium, which is run by Southampton City Council, donated £8,000 to suicide bereavement charity, The Red Lipstick Foundation, on 21 Nov. Southampton Crematorium has raised this money from their Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) recycling of metals scheme. This brings the total that Southampton Crematorium has donated to charities over the past two years to over £33,000.
The Red Lipstick Foundation is dedicated to supporting families who are bereaved by suicide and they are passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues. It was founded in 2014 following the sudden and unexpected death of a much loved daughter, sister, twin, auntie, niece, granddaughter and friend – Brittany. She took her life the day before her 20th birthday and her untimely and unexpected death left their world in chaos. The charity was named The Red Lipstick Foundation due to Britt's love of bright red lipstick and her quirky style.
Jacqui Missen, at The Red Lipstick Foundation, said:
"The Red Lipstick Foundation is a small charity supporting those bereaved through suicide loss and was founded in 2014 after our family was affected through suicide loss. To date we have offered support to around 180 people in Hampshire. This can be through support meetings, counselling, peer support, home visits, one to one sessions, inquest support and more practical things such as housework or gardening if needed. We have also helped with probate, benefit claims and closing accounts such as bank, telephone etc.
"We have no statutory funding so every penny raised and donated makes a massive difference to us and our ability to offer help to those who need us in their grief. The wonderful donation from Southampton Crematorium will enable us to continue our work and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing the Red Lipstick Foundation."
Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Environment at Southampton City Council, said:
"We’re delighted that our crematorium is able to offer a significant donation to The Red Lipstick Foundation who support those impacted by suicide, an extremely important cause. We hope that this donation goes some way in helping the charity to continue their amazing work."
In the photo (left to right) are: Dave Rees, Operations Manager at Southampton Crematorium / Barbara Sadler – Bereavement Services Officer / Jacqui Missen – The Red Lipstick Foundation / Heather White – Service Manager Bereavement Services/ICCM President.