We are very honoured to be one of the chosen charities for this year's Bishop's House Open Garden. The garden will be open from 1pm - 5pm. Come & view the spectacular gardens on 12th May where there'll be family friendly activities, refreshments, lots of homemade cakes & music from BroadBeat Choir. Admission £4 per adult, children and wheelchair users are free.
We’re so pleased to be teaming up with Rambling Rose Florist and East Anglia Tennis & Squash Clubt to hold a flower arranging workshop on Wednesday 10th April 2019 from 7pm - 8.30pm. If you’ve always wanted to get creative with flowers, then this is your opportunity. You will create your own spring themed floral centerpiece for all to admire at the table. Spaces are limited so please contact Becky Bushell on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07392 080 994 as soon as possible to reserve your place.
25th January 2019
Becky Bushell, Norwich & Central Norfolk Cruse Bereavement Care fundraiser commented: “We are looking forward to holding our next Business Breakfast at the Assembly House in association with our long term community partner Hatch Brenner Solicitors. It will be great to see familiar faces from the business community, as well as to introduce our work to new professionals. Support from the local community is vital in allowing us to operate and provide specialist support via our highly trained volunteers.”
Dawn Parkes, Hatch Brenner Managing Partner added: “Through our partnership with Norwich & Central Norfolk Cruse Bereavement Care, we have seen first-hand how committed the team are in caring about and understanding the needs associated with bereavement. Cruse is often the only place people have to turn to when someone has died. The Business Breakfast is a good opportunity for the charity to showcase their work. It will be lovely to network with contacts and friends from the local community and to enjoy some delicious breakfast thanks to our neighbours at the Assembly House.”
The Business Breakfast is on Thursday 14 March, 8am – 9.30am, with a suggested £10 per person donation to the charity. For further information or to book your place at the Business Breakfast, please contact Becky Bushell at email@example.com or call 07392 080 994.
10th December 2018
We held our first ever Christmas wreath making workshop on Sunday 9th December and it definitely got us into the festive spirit. Each workshop lasted two and a half hours and all of our guests took home a beautiful wreath which they had created themselves. We hope these are now hanging proudly on your front doors. We'd like to say a special thanks to Rambling Rose Florist for running the workshop, to East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club for kindly donating the venue and refreshments and Waitrose & Partners in Eaton for donating the scrumptious mince pies
7th December 2018
We would like to thank the staff and customers at Notcutts in Norwich who kindly donated a whopping £175.85 at our bucket collection last week. We are so grateful you invited us in store to hold a collection and we'd like to thank everyone who made a donation & spoke to us. Raising awareness of what we do means we can reach out to those who are struggling to cope with their loss. Raising funds means we can operate and develop the support we give to those who need our help.
29th November 2018
We're very proud to be part of the Charity Christmas Tree Festival this year. It's organised by The Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmunds and is held at St Peter Mancroft Church. A huge thank you to Gordon Barber Funeral Directors for kindly sponsoring our tree again this year and to our volunteers who knitted the decorations and trimmed the tree. The event runs until the 3rd December so if you are visiting Norwich, please take the time to pop in and take a look around. It's guaranteed to get you in to the festive spirit.
24th October 2018
The 14th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament, kindly organised by Diane Bush was held at East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, Lime Tree Road, Norwich, on Wednesday 10th October. Players from all over our county, Suffolk and beyond attended and played on one of the hottest October days ever recorded. A raffle was held during a delicious lunch and many of the prizes were donated by the players. The tournament winners, Linda Wardle and Lisa Lowe, received flowers presented by Diane Bush on behalf of Emily Willgrass, daughter of Louise, who attended the prize giving with her one-year old son, Benjamin.
A total of £1,000 was raised for Norwich Cruse and Becky Bushell from the charity thanked the ladies for their valuable contribution to the much-needed work of helping bereaved people.
22nd October 2018
The Norwich Centenary Rotary Club held their annual quiz on Friday 19th October and chose to raise funds for Norwich Cruse and NARS. The event, kindly sponsored by Hatch Brenner, was a sell out and included a number of Norwich Cruse volunteers and supporters from Leathes Prior and Ashtons Legal. Bill Armstrong, President of Norwich Cruse attended and gave a speech about the work our volunteers do and how crucial it is for us to work with local groups and organisations to raise funds so we can continue to operate locally.
The event raised an incredible £680! We are extremely grateful to the Norwich Centenary Rotary Club who worked really hard to run such a successful event.
17th October 2018
We would like to say a huge thank you to the East of England Co-op who recently selected us for their Community Token Scheme in eight local stores. You and your customers raised a grand sum of £800 which will be used to support local bereaved people.
20th September 2018
The Leathes Prior Charity and Community Projects committee completed the Three Peaks Challenge in September to raise funds for Norwich Cruse and two other local charities.
The team travelled to Yorkshire on Friday 14th September, following a day at the office; they arrived at their hostel for the weekend in Ingleton at 12.15am. After three to four hours sleep, the team were up at 5.00am for toast and porridge, before kitting themselves out with their walking gear and backpacks containing a minimum of two litres of water, sandwiches and an abundance of sugary snacks.
The first peak, Ingleborough, was about seven miles of walking and the team found it to be the most difficult, with three of the team taking a tumble on the descent. The second peak, Pen-y-Ghent was a shorter, yet steeper walk which involved lots of climbing – not something the team had initially envisaged would be such a big part of the challenge. The team found the third peak, Whernside, to be relentless with a long and slow climb to the top in extremely thick fog. The group started to split and everyone seemed in agreement that this peak provided the challenge’s toughest mental test, as they struggled to see the person in front of them or how far they had still to go. When the team finally tackled the third peak, they then faced a gruelling descent down vertical drops of muddy rocks. Once back on flat ground they completed a final two mile walk to Chapel-le-Dale, where they finally got to enjoy a drink in the local pub to celebrate completing the challenge!
The challenge was to complete the three peaks in 12 hours, which they safely and successfully completed, and impressively four members of the team managed to complete the 25 miles in just eight hours and 51 minutes!
The team has raised over £6,500 so far, which is an incredible result and we would like to thank everyone who took part in such a gruelling challenge to help raise funds for Norwich Cruse. We are extremely appreciative of your efforts.
27th July 2018
A coffee morning held on 27th July at St Nicholas Church Hall in North Walsham raised more than £125 for Norwich Cruse. We would like to say a big thank you to St Nicholas Church and to Norwich Cruse volunteers Elizabeth, Mary and Shirley for organising.
Hatch Brenner Picnic
We joined our supporters, Hatch Brenner Solicitors on Friday 27th July to mark the first ever Norfolk Day. Staff from the organisations came together for a picnic in Chapelfield Gardens and attendees were asked to bring Norfolk-themed savoury and sweet treats to share. A picnic hamper including tickets to the Proms in the Park at Blickling Hall and picnic blanket was raffled off and raised £130 on the day.
13th July 2018
We are pleased to announce that the East of England Co-op have selected Norwich Cruse for their Community Token Scheme in eight stores throughout Norfolk for the next three months. The campaign will start on Monday 16th July and we’ll feature in the following stores:
Riverside, East Dereham
If you, or your friends and family are visiting these stores, please vote for us. The more tokens we receive, the more funds we’ll raise. You do need to become a member of the Co-op to vote, but don’t worry if you aren’t, you can sign up in store or online: www.eastofengland.coop/membership
For those who also use social media, if you’re happy to share our posts to help us spread the word, that would be fantastic too. Thank you!
5th July 2018
New Chair required for Norwich Cruse
Norwich Cruse is recruiting for a new Chair. This is a voluntary position. Please refer to the job description below:
- To chair meetings of the Area Committee, to ensure that all members have the opportunity to participate and that decisions are correctly proposed and seconded and recorded accurately.
- To ensure that any action required is allocated to a Committee member and that the task is subsequently carried out
- To ensure that all Committee members and Area workers are aware of the standards required by Cruse Bereavement Care and ensure that these standards are maintained.
- To ensure that the Area abides by the Cruse Bereavement Care Constitution and Articles of Association.
- To maintain an effective communication network within the Area, with the National/Regional Manager and Committee and with appropriate external agencies.
- To ensure all volunteers are informed about Area, Regional and Head Office matters
- To represent the Area at activities and functions.
- To think ahead strategically and to plan for the future needs of the Area.
If you are interested in this position or would like further information, please get in touch with the Norwich Cruse office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norwich Cruse Spring Ball
The Spring Ball on Friday 20th April will be our big fundraising event of 2018 – a great night out with dinner, a live auction and dancing to Scratch the Cat.
Venue: Top of the Terrace, Norwich City Football Club
Tickets: £55 per person
Dress code: Black Tie
For more information and to purchase tickets, email email@example.com or contact Tracey in the Norwich Cruse office.
12th January 2018
Norwich Cruse is recruiting for a part-time fundraiser.
This is an exciting position which will prove to be varied and dynamic. It will entail working alongside our friendly and dedicated team of professionally trained volunteers in their work supporting bereaved people.
The successful applicant will need to be self-motivated and innovative with excellent computer and organisational skills, together with an understanding of the charitable sector and able to demonstrate skills in fundraising and/or partnership or business development.
For more details about the role and how to apply, click here.
St Peter Mancroft Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter Mancroft Church ran from 29th to 4th December and once again, Norwich Cruse was invited to exhibit a Christmas tree.
A big Thank you must go to the Norwich Cruse knitting group and other helpers, who decorated our tree with a huge variety of beautiful hand-knitted baubles, stars, robins, elves and even an angel!
11th February 2016
Thanks to everyone who collected EDP Community Chest token, keep 'em coming! We'll be in with a chance of sharing some funds every month that we collect 500 tokens!
You can also support Norwich Cruse by collecting tokens when you shop at local Co-Op stores. You just vote for us in-store using the token collection boxes.
You can collect toekns for us at these stores:
Thorpe St Andrew
29th November 2015
Well done to all of our runners at the Norwich Half Marathon last weekend, and thanks to their supporters!
The Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund will be raising funds for Norwich Cruse at their Christmas Tree festival at St Peter Mancroft Church again this year. We hope to see you there!
15th June 2015
Help us to raise finds for Norwich Cruse by running (or walking!) the Norwich Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd November.
The race starts at the Norfolk Showground and follows a rural route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Marlingford and close to Easton College.
If you don't fancy running but would like to support us, go along to our BTMyDonate page and donate to the event or sponsor one of our volunteers!
Please click here for more information on the Marathon and click here to register for the race.
26th March 2015:Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Lord Mayor's Charity Ball, it was an amazing evening and we hope all attendees had as good a night as we did!
28th February 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us and the Lord Mayor for our Chinese New Year Banquet! Thanks also to the Riverbank Chinese restaurant for hosting this special event. It was a grest success! To read more from Norfolk Evening News24, follow the link.
"Riverbank Chinese restaurant has held the annual fundraising feast for the past 11 years, celebrating the most important festival in the Chinese calendar and bringing the community together.
More than 100 people attended last night’s event, with an auction held to support this year’s civic charity Cruse Bereavement Care."
30th November 2014
Norwich Cruse would like to invite you to join us for the Rotary Club of St Edmund Norwich's Christmas Tree Festival in aid of local charities including Cuse Bereavement Care Norwich & Central Nofolk, East Anglian Children's Hospice (EACH), and the Mancroft Advice Proect (MAP).
Take a look at the Facebook Event page for further information.
20th November 2014
Thank you to everyone who showed interest in our Administrator/Area Co-ordinator role. Applications have now closed.
10th June 2014
Cruse Bereavement Care in Norwich are delighted to have been chosen to be Civic Charity of the year by Norwich’s new Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock and Sheriff William Armstrong
Norwich Cruse offers confidential support to people who have suffered the loss of someone close, and has had many changes within the past year. The charity recently relocated to new premises, which marked a big step forward.
Heather Griffin, Area Co-ordinator for Cruse said: "We had to find a new venue to operate from at quite short notice. Our incredible team of volunteers worked very hard to ensure that our service was not disrupted in any way despite the move, as many local people are depending on our support at a very difficult time in their lives. Volunteers worked many extra hours to prepare the new counselling rooms, and even took on extra clients.
"We are now supporting even more bereaved people from Norwich than we have in previous years, and are busy recruiting a number of wonderful new volunteers. To have been chosen as the new Civic Charity is a huge boost for our fantastic team.”
William Armstrong, new Sheriff of Norwich, has spoken of the value of the work that Cruse does within the local community: “As former Coroner, I know first-hand of their excellent work in supporting those facing the trauma of bereavement. It can be so important to provide the right help at the right time to enable the bereaved to move on and rebuild their lives. They have a team of dedicated and expertly trained volunteers who can make such a difference.”