Durham Crematorium have donated £7,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) from a metal recycling scheme.
The recycling scheme is part of a national programme organised by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, which recycles metals that are left after a cremation.
Once families give consent, metals used in the construction of the coffin and orthopaedic implants are recycled, with the funds raised donated to charitable causes.
GNAAS were the latest charity to benefit from the scheme and were presented with a cheque for £7,000, which was received by GNAAS community fundraising officer Kerry Steel.
Mrs Steel said: “We are very grateful for this significant contribution as we are completely reliant on charitable donations to survive. This money will help us continue to provide world class pre-hospital care to the people of our region.
Last year GNAAS was called out 1062 times and needed to raise £5.1m. To find out how you can help, please visit www.gnaas.com or call 01325-487263.