Demand for Cruse services continues to rise, with one-to-one services, work with children and young people, and requests for information and advice all at record levels. The Cruse Bereavement Care Annual Review 2012/13 reports on a successful year, with income at its highest ever level and hours given by volunteers rising to well over half a million hours – up 10% when compared with 2011/12.
The report also features a timeline showing some of the year's projects and partnerships, and messages from some of the bereaved people we've helped, showing how our work can impact on individual lives.
The Annual Review 2012/13 was formally adopted at the the Annual General Meeting 2013 on Saturday 16 November at the Strand Palace Hotel in London. The AGM featured two guest speakers. Ian Church, Managing Director of PTS Plumming Trade Supplies (pictured right) was part of the team that chose Cruse as their charity of the year for 2013/14. Ian spoke about the challenges and potential rewards of corporate charity partnerships and about building support for our charity among the 2200 PTS members of staff.
Next company members and staff heard from Lucy Herd (pictured left with Cruse Chief Executive Debbie Kerslake), who was appalled to discover after the death of her son that there was no statuatory entitlement to bereavement leave. Lucy showed a moving film of her son Jack, who died aged 23 months, and spoke of her campaign's aims and progress. You can read more about Lucy's campaign and link to her petition calling for bereavement leave entitlement after the death of a child at www.jacksrainbow.co.uk.
The day concluded with a reception to mark Nigel Tricker's retirement as Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care. Nigel is pictured right with Fiona Edwards, the incoming Chair.