Trusts and foundations | Cruse Bereavement Care

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We are the leading national charity providing bereavement support, advice and information to children, young people and families when someone dies. 

Last year Cruse provided vital support to over 64,000 bereaved people. We want all bereaved people to have access to the support they need. 

Our relationships with trusts and foundations make it possible for us to deliver free of charge services in 82 local communities, supported by over 4,000 trained volunteers. 

Together, we can improve the lives of thousands more people through a range of projects and services including:

  • One to one and group support 
  • Specialist support for children and young people
  • National Helpline
  • Information and web support
  • Bereavement Support Volunteer training
  • Specialist projects and pilot programmes
  • Dementia, suicide, military, emergency services and prison support projects
  • Major incident response service

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on bereaved people and demand across all of our services continues to rise. Over 750,000 people have been left experiencing intense grief, which will impact mental health and wellbeing of the UK in the months and years ahead.

We need to: 
  • Continue to recruit and train new volunteers- on our Freephone National Helpline, in our local branch areas and to support the thousands of children and young people bereaved of someone significant during the pandemic. 

  • Fund the incredible work of our local branches in 12 Hubs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Around 35% of those who access the online chat or helpline require signposting to a local Cruse service for ongoing support, with thousands more signposted in their communities to local Cruse branches. 

  • Expand our helpline, which is currently receiving around 7,000 calls per month. More than at anytime in the last 12 months. 

  • Continue to fund CruseChat- an immediete online support service, launched in response to Covid-19. Around 3,500 chats with bereavement experts are taking place every month.

  • Fund the work of Cruse- driving positive change and high quality services for bereaved people through the delivery of our ambitious strategy Bereaved People First. 

 If you are considering making a donation through a trust or foundation, or to find out more about our work, please contact Morwenna Everitt: or call 07495 601152. 

We are grateful for the support of all of our funders in response to the pandemic including: