Cruse Bereavement Care is proud to be taking part in The Patron's Lunch. On Sunday June 12th 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
We were invited by the Patron’s Lunch as one of a handful of charities that will have their work showcased in a short film and we are delighted that our film is the first to be released.
In the film Patrick O’Hare (from our Youth Advisory Group) explains the work of Hope Again a peer support website for children and young people and what volunteering for Cruse means for him.
Her Majesty The Queen has been the Patron of Cruse for 32 years and has joined our staff and volunteers on several occasions to celebrate key milestones in our organisation’s history.
Debbie Kerslake Chief Executive, Cruse Bereavement Care said “It is such a privilege that Her Majesty The Queen has been our Patron for the past 32 years. It means a great deal to our staff and 5,000 volunteers to have the vital work that we do – providing somewhere to turn when someone dies and enhancing society’s awareness of bereavement, recognised in this way. Through her patronage her Majesty demonstrates that she understands the emotional devastation that a bereavement can bring and the need for support to be there for all who need it – children, young people and adults at such a difficult time.
"The letters and good wishes that Cruse receives from the Palace are cherished and we have been delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has attended special Cruse celebrations from our 25th anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall to our Golden Jubilee reception at St James’s Palace. Cruse is delighted to be part of The Patron’s Lunch on occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday”