Volunteers' Week is the first week in June every year and we would like to thank all our 5000 volunteers for their time, dedication and support.
Cruse Chief Exectuvie Debbie Kerslake said: "Without our volunteers, Cruse would not be the thriving charity it is today. All the work our volunteers do is vital, whether they are working directly with bereaved people, or as managers, administrators or fundraisers. The work they do week in and week out is always important, but last week it came even more sharply into focus as a result of the terrible attack in Manchester. Our Volunteers and staff have all been phenomenal. Particular thanks go to the Manchester Cruse Area and the National Helpline for all they have done. Volunteers and staff from our local services around the network also contacted Central Office to offer support. The national Helpline drafted in additional volunteers to extend the helpline hours including being open over the Bank Holiday weekend.
"As our Life President Colin Murray Parkes has reminded us, we know that many bereaved people may not make immediate contact with us, because of the initial shock. Cruse will need to be there for everyone affected, either directly or because of feelings and memories this has triggered for some time to come. We are alongside people at the worst time of their lives, whether they are bereaved following a long illness or a sudden and traumatic incident, and our volunteers are what makes this possible."
This week we will be sharing some stories and profiles of our volunteers, so keep a look out on our website and on our Facebook page. Below, you can watch Croydon Volunteer Quitty D'Souza speaking after the Cruse 2016 Annual General Meeting about her Cruse training and how she was able to use it with a 90 year old lady who had lost her husband.