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Norfolk prison helps turn waste cooking oil into cash for charity

PUBLISHED: 06:30 25 June 2013

Paul Rushbrook, left, and Graham Kirkup, right, who work at HMP Bure and have been involved in the oil recycling scheme. Pic: Submitted.

Paul Rushbrook, left, and Graham Kirkup, right, who work at HMP Bure and have been involved in the oil recycling scheme. Pic: Submitted.

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A Norwich-based charity which helps bereaved children come to terms with their loss has received an unlikely funding boost from a prison near Norwich.

Staff at HMP Bure at Coltishall nominated Nelson’s Journey to benefit from an unconventional donation which has been raised by recycling used cooking oil.

The oil is collected by eco-firm Living Fuels, who make a donation on behalf of the prison for each litre of oil. Once collected, the waste oil is recovered through a natural process of settling and filtration into a clean, green bioliquid which is then used in Living Fuels renewable energy facilities to provide carbon neutral electricity to the National Grid.

Over the past 12 months enough oil has been collected to help generate £511.

Graeme Kirkup, of HMP Bure, who nominated Nelson’s Journey, said: “We like the fact that no chemicals are used in the recovery process and, as an added bonus, we are able to support the great work being carried out by Nelson’s Journey with children through donations made on our behalf.”

Sophie Berry, from Nelson’s Journey, said: “We’re extremely grateful to HMP Bure and Living Fuels for their ongoing support. Donations made enable us to continue to support bereaved children and young people in the county.”


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