Suffolk Cruse has received a donation of £5,000 from Waveney Memorial Park & Crematorium at Ellough Nr Beccles. Suffolk Cruse is part of Cruse Bereavement Care, which was set up in 1959 to promote the wellbeing of bereaved people. Suffolk Cruse became an Area in 2009.
Their aims and objectives are to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and to cope with their loss. They also offer information, advice, education and training services.
Martin Sherry, manager at the park chose this year to donate a cheque for £5,000 to Suffolk Cruse as Memoria recognises the fantastic work that this organisation carries out in the local community. Martin said it was a great privilege to be able to support the charity as this money will make a real difference to so many people, not only today but also in the years ahead.
There are four branches within Suffolk, one in Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, West Suffolk and North Suffolk & Great Yarmouth. Each branch has a telephone line that is operated by volunteers to take initial calls from the bereaved. Following this assessment telephone support and/or one to one support is offered.
Their services are free to clients and available no matter how or when their loved one died.
These services include one to one support, facilitated groups, telephone support and email support, giving advice, information, and help and providing education on bereavement to other agencies.
The beneficiaries of their organisation were 518 bereaved people who received one to one support last year throughout Suffolk by our volunteers (year ending 31st March 2017). During the last year Suffolk Cruse received nearly 1200 enquiries from people seeking advice, information, help and support to help themselves or their loved ones cope with bereavement., Of these, Suffolk Cruse has over 60 volunteers who gave nearly 12,000 hours of their time to help support the bereaved.
Their volunteers are highly trained and also are subject to enhanced DBS checks. They also have a specially trained service for Children & Young People that is based in Ipswich.
Further information can be found at www.suffolkcruse.co.uk