Her Majesty The Queen attended a reception at St James’s Palace on Monday 21st October to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the world’s leading and largest bereavement charity, Cruse Bereavement Care.
The reception was an opportunity for the charity to recognise the hard work and dedication of its volunteers who provide bereavement support to people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Last year, the charity’s network of 5,000 volunteers gave support to almost 60,000 people.
The Queen met many individuals who have been instrumental in the charity’s work over the last 60 years, including volunteers who provided support after devastating events, including 9/11 and the Grenfell Tower Fire.
Her Majesty met many volunteers who were supported by Cruse Bereavement Care after a bereavement and now give up their time to support others who are also going through a similar experience.
Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron of the charity since 1984 and attended the charity’s 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall and 50th anniversary held at Buckingham Palace.
Steven Wibberley, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said: “We were delighted that Her Majesty The Queen could join us for our 60th anniversary celebrations. The event was a fantastic way to recognise the incredible work that our volunteers do to support people after a loved one dies. They are the lifeblood of the organisation and we couldn’t do the work that we do without them.”
Yolanda Clarke, a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer who attended the reception at St James’s Palace, said: “I wanted to volunteer for Cruse because after my parents and brother died, I came to the conclusion that my purpose in life was to use my experiences of loss and bereavement to help other bereaved people.
“I enjoy being a bereavement volunteer and seeing the people I support become more hopeful as they explore and understand their grief.”
Cruse Bereavement Care is the largest bereavement charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland providing free support, information and advice to adults, children and young people who have been bereaved.
This year Cruse is celebrating its 60th anniversary, further information about Cruse’s history can be found here: www.cruse.org.uk/about-cruse/60-years-of-cruse.