A gardening initiative which brings together young people and older people in Northern Ireland who have been bereaved was launched this week by the Mayor Councillor Margaret Tolerton at the Little Green Allotments in Lisburn.
Cruse and the Child Bereavement Networks' opposition to Government plans to change the widowed parent's allowance from 2016 has been featured in the Observer and the Daily Mail.
On Sunday 14 July the Observer featured the story of widow Georgia Elms and her two daughters, and included quotes from Debbie Kerslake, Cruse Cheif Executive. Debbie said:
On Tuesday 25 June Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake gave evidence to the House of Commons Pensions Bill Committee on the Pensions Bill 2013. Cruse gave evidence along with the Child Bereavement Network.
You can view the evidence online on the Parliamentary website (approx 1 hour 30 minutes in).
Hundreds of people die by suicide every year in Wales but help is now at hand in the form of a useful guide launched on Thursday 20 June.
Today (19 June 2013) a letter to the Editor of The Times from a number of charities, including Cruse, was published in the newsletter. Our letter raises awareness of the cuts to Widowed Parents Allowance. We said:
Congratulations to Josephine Skipp, a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer who has been awarded an MBE for services to taxpayers and bereavement counselling.
Congratulations also to Desney Patricia Cromey, awared an MBE for services to bereaved children in Northern Ireland. Mrs Cromey has been a Cruse volunteer in the past, and remained involved in children's bereavement services.
Greenwich Branch Chair Tina Challacombe recently had the honour of meeting HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at The Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The event on 28 May was to mark the 60th anniversary of the Duke becoming a Patron of the Cutty Sark.