Cruse attends Downing Street reception | Cruse Bereavement Care

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Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake and Director of Services Jim Glennon visited 10 Downing Street for an Armed Forces charities reception hosted by the Prime Minister. At the event on 29 October the Prime Minister announced funding awards for 23 charities – totaling £9.2 million – and welcomed representatives from the first 50 companies to sign up to the government’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Cruse has been awarded funding of over half a million pounds to further develop and raise awareness of bereavement services available for the Military Family. Over a two year period the project, ‘Bereavement in the Military Family’, will support over 30,000 bereaved serving personnel, their families and the ex-services community. 

The Chancellor announced in October 2012 that £35 million of funds from fines imposed on the banking industry would be used to benefit the Armed Forces community, So far, the funds to be shared between 72 charities total £22.7 million.

Speaking at the event the Prime Minister said: “I am immensely proud to be in a room full of people this evening who are supporting our Armed Forces community. It is fantastic that so many Armed Forces charities have now been able to benefit from fines from the banking industry – it is right that this money should be used to benefit the Forces community and I am pleased to be announcing a further £9 million of funding tonight.

It is also important that we have representatives from a great cross section of the 50 companies that have signed up to the Corporate Covenant here this evening. The whole nation owes a moral obligation to our troops and these companies are leading the way by making respect and support for the Armed Forces a part of everything they do. This is the first annual Armed Forces charities reception and I look forward to having as much to celebrate next year.”

When the award to Cruse was announced, Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive said: “The death of a loved one is devastating, no matter the circumstances, and a military bereavement brings with it many additional factors that can complicate the bereavement process. We are delighted that Cruse is now able to build on our existing Military work and develop new training and resources to support all areas of the Military family”.

For further information contact Mala Mistry on 0208 939 9552 or mala.mistry@cruse.org.uk