FAMILIES can send letters to loved ones in heaven via a post box at Aylesbury's cemetery in Tring Road.

The ‘Letters to Heaven’ memorial post box inspired by nine-year-old girl Matilda Handycan will now be used by families who want to send letters to loved ones.

Matilda's mum Leanne, 45, approached Gedling Crematorium, in Lambley, Nottingham, where she works, and an old post box was painted white just before Christmas.

After more than 100 letters were posted in it, the touching concept has been replicated at 36 other sites across the country.

And much to the town councillor's delight, a letter to heaven postbox has been installed in Aylesbury.

Aylesbury Town Council wrote on social media: "Letters will then be collected, turned to pulp, mixed with wildflower seeds and then planted in the cemetery. The idea of the post box was inspired by a nine-year-old girl who wanted to send letters to her grandparents who had passed away.

"Residents and visitors to the cemetery are invited to write a letter to loved ones they have lost.

"Thank you to Legacy Funeral Services, Aylesbury for kindly donating and installing the post box. We hope the post box is a comfort to those who may be grieving."