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The Cruse Bereavement Care Annual Review 2014/15 Join us  shows how we worked together with our volunteers, supporters and staff to make a real difference to the lives of bereaved people last year.

Debbie Kerslake at Cruse Bereavement Care AGM 2015The Annual Review was formally adopted at the Annual General Meeting 2015 on Saturday 14 November at the Union Jack Club in London. Speaking at the event, Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake said: “We want to offer a huge thanks to the thousands of volunteers, staff and supporters who made it possible for us to reach over 100,000 bereaved people last year, and who work tirelessly to keep our services running. This includes those who work directly with bereaved people and all those who work behind the scenes, for example in fundraising, governance and management.

"We also want people to join us in looking to the future  and thinking of the half a million people who die each year in the UK  and the millions more who will be bereaved.

"Making sure bereaved people have the support they need is at the heart of all our work; be it providing services, campaigning or raising awareness. We want others to join us in making Cruse’s vision that all bereaved people have somewhere to turn when someone dies a reality."

The AGM also featured two guest speakers. Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie, spoke about the need to change the conversation around terminal illness, and how Marie Curie is addressing the challenge, including using a recent change in branding. Dr Collins talked about how in these difficult times our work with bereaved people has never been more important, and how Cruse and Marie Curie feel like a natural fit, as we are demonstrating with our pilot project in Wales.

Our second speaker Alex Mooring spoke about the importance of peer support, sharing her experiences as a bereaved widow and as current volunteer with the Cruse BEAD project – Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs. Alex also spoke about her experience as a Cruse client and of how she was helped by  Way Widowed and Young.

At the AGM Cruse was also delighted to welcome five new Trustees.

Cruse Bereavement Care New Trustees 2015: Debbie Kerslake (Cruse Chief Executive), Robin Cuthbertson, Claire Henry, Helen Causley, Poppy Mardall, Michael Whitehouse, Fiona Edwards (Cruse Chair)