Memorial to body donors


Posted on 27 June 2012
There will be people in the future who can sit outside in this lovely place and remember what their relatives have done to help others.

A memorial stone in recognition of those who have donated their bodies to the School of Medicine has been installed at the new Newcastle Cemetery site on Keele Road.

A special ceremony was held at the cemetery to mark the opening of the memorial – believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK - by the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Councillor David Beckett.

Dean of the Faculty of Health, Professor Andy Garner, and Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Val Wass, led the service, which included prayers from Revd Charles Clapham, Keele University Anglican Chaplain, Revd Ruth Maxey, Keele University Free Church Chaplain, and Father Peter Jones, Vicar of Keele.

Director of Anatomy, Mike Mahon, said: “There will be people in the future who can sit outside in this lovely place and remember what their relatives have done to help others. This is a focal point and a place where people can come and pay their respects.”

He said that since the department of anatomy had opened they had received 133 donated bodies and a further 1,500 were currently on the university’s donor register.