Cruse Bereavement Care is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.
Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive said “We are delighted to have been awarded this gift from the Patron’s Fund which we will use to train 10 new volunteers to support the work of our Freephone Helpline & email support. Over the past year we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of individuals calling the helpline and in 2015 – 2016 we responded to 15,233 callers and 5,155 requests for email support. It means so much to our organisation and volunteers that The Queen has been our Patron since 1984, helping us to reach even more bereaved people.”
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:
“The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support Cruse Bereavement Care with its valuable work. Cruse is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.”
Photo: Cruse volunteers taking part in the Patron's Lunch Parade