Today's Grenfell Memorial Service at St Paul's Cathedral, marked the six month anniversary of this tragic event. A number of Cruse personnel attended the service amid high security due to the presence of the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Canbridge, Prince Harry and the Prime Minister.
COO Andy Langford, also attended the event, but was on media duty. There he undertook an outside broadcast interview with BBC Radio 5 Live during which he described some of Cruse's extensive involvement in supporting those bereaved.
In a landmark decision, NHS worker Jakki Smith, from Lancashire, today won her legal battle for better rights for unmarried people whose long-term partner dies. Currently a fixed sum of £12,980 is paid out if a person dies as a result of negligence, but only to spouse or civil partners. Her partner, John Bulloch, fell ill and died following an operation in August 2011 after an infection was missed by medics.
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10th November 2017. World-renowned composer Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya today released her new composition ‘Royal Platinum Love Song’ to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s Platinum wedding anniversary which takes place on 20th November.
Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake has announced that she is to retire after 10 years as CEO. Debbie said:
"I have now worked for Cruse for 18 years, the last 10 years as CEO. Over that time we’ve achieved so much together, reaching out to even more bereaved people and now providing support to nearly half a million people each year. It was clear from my recent attendance at the international conference on contemporary grief and bereavement in Lisbon just how respected the name of Cruse is around the world.
Cruse has entered into a partnership with the RAF Benevolent Fund to support RAF family members coping with a death. Many of the people that the RAF Benevolent Fund support have placed bereavement as one of the top ten difficulties they have experienced, while for those over the age of 65, bereavement was reported within the top five difficulties.
Congratulations to the Cruse supporters, volunteers and staff members who joined together to form Team Cruse and run in the British London 10K on Sunday 9th July. All the team completed the race, past many of London's most iconic buildings and had a wonderful experience, despite the hot weather. Afterwards the team and supporters enjoyed breakfast and drinks at All Bar One.
At Cruse Bereavement Care we are shocked and saddened that so many people have died or been affected by major incidents recently - in Barcelona, at Finsbury Park, at Grenfell Tower, and in previous attacks at London Bridge and in Manchester. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected – those who are grieving, those who were injured, those who witnessed traumatic sights. The events may also have triggered memories for those bereaved in other situations.
At the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show from 7-11th June 2017 we were delighted to share the Cruse Bereavement Care garden.