Steven's Story | Cruse Bereavement Care

Steven Wibberley is the Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care and joined the organisation at the beginning of 2018. He has been the driving force behind our new five year strategy called ‘Bereaved People First’ and has recently trained to be a bereavement supporter on the Cruse National Helpline.

Steven says: “I knew of the important work of Cruse through my previous jobs at Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Lung Foundation, where we supported people with long term and terminal disease.  When the job was advertised, I learnt more about the amazing team of volunteers and the breath of work that the organisation carried out.

“As the Chief Executive, I am responsible for everything that Cruse does.  Including the support we give to bereaved people, our strategy, fundraising, internal processes and our external face. What I enjoy about working at Cruse is that every day is different and varied.

“I recently trained to take calls on our helpline.  The first few calls were incredibly nerve wracking, but also really rewarding.  My work can often feel a bit removed from the lives of bereaved people – but talking to people directly on the phone shows how grief can affect people differently and how Cruse can make a difference.

“This year is our 60th anniversary and I have been planning for it since I started at Cruse. We held a fantastic conference in July and have more events lined up for it later this year.

“Cruse has achieved so many over the last 60 years, We have moved with the times, growing from a small organisation supporting widows, to the largest bereavement charity in the world supporting anyone affected by bereavement.”

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