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HMP Bure turn chips into charity


Prisons across the East of England have made an unconventional donation to bereaved children, by recycling their used cooking oil into money for local children’s charity, Nelson’s Journey. Enough used cooking oil was collected in the last year to raise a huge £511.

Waste cooking oil is collected by prisons throughout the east by eco-firm Living Fuels, who make a donation on their behalf 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.

Just one litre of used cooking oil creates enough green electricity to make 240 cups of tea.

Graeme Kirkup of HMP Bure, who nominated the charity, said of the scheme: “Waste management at Bure have been working with Living fuels for the last 4 years. 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. The bio liquid helps to save the environment and also Bure to save public money.”

Nelson’s Journey provides therapeutic support to bereaved children and young people aged 0 – 17yrs, living in Norfolk, on a one to one basis and in group work helping children feel less isolated. Sophie Berry of Nelson’s Journey commented “We are extremely grateful to HMP Bure and Living Fuels for their ongoing support, donations made enable us to continue support bereaved children and young people in the County.”

Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels continued: “We’re delighted to be working with prisons to help benefit both Nelson’s Journey and the environment. By choosing to dispose of their waste oil this way, the prisons are helping to lower carbon emissions and provide clean power to the UK.”

To find out more about Nelson’s Journey please visit

• It is estimated that every thirty minutes in the UK one child loses a parent and that one in twenty nine children are bereaved.

• The UK prison service’s current recycling target is 50% of all waste, set to rise to 70% by 2015.

• Photo shows charity donation from HMP Bure to Nelson’s Journey. From L-R:Penny Reeve; Living Fuels, Graeme Kirkup; HMP Bure, Paul Jackson; HMP Bure, Tamarin Howard; Nelson’s Journey