Charity spared closure

AFTER receiving an overwhelming response to a heartfelt plea for help, a bereavement support charity has been spared having to shut its doors.Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal Cruse Bereavement Care (known as Cruse) has managed to raise more than £10,000 since it first revealed its financial crisis in The Evening Star.

AFTER receiving an overwhelming response to a heartfelt plea for help, a bereavement support charity has been spared having to shut its doors.

Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal Cruse Bereavement Care (known as Cruse) has managed to raise more than £10,000 since it first revealed its financial crisis in The Evening Star.

Although it has still had to move to smaller - and cheaper - rooms, Cruse is now confident it will be able to keep on going for at least another year.

But it is still keen to find regular source of funding for its core expenses such as rent and travel.


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Chairwoman Betty Green said: “We were quite worried that we would have to reduce our services and that we wouldn't have a centre.

“I don't think we would have got as much support if we hadn't put an appeal in the press. It's really been a help.

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“Unless people have been involved or been bereaved, they don't think of fundraising for Cruse Bereavement Care. It's not a high profile charity.”

Cruse in the Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal area needs to raise £14,000 a year but in April had just £2,000 in the bank.

By July, it had given notice that it would be out of its rooms by Christmas.

But things took a turn for the better after the Star's reported on the crisis in August and by the end of December, thanks to a mixture of donations, grants and fundraising by Cruse itself, there is now £14,000.

Branch administrator Angus McGready said: “Not only have we had big amounts from bodies such as Lloyds TSB and Ipswich Building Society, but we have had lots of little donations from small groups and individuals.”

But Mrs Green said: “These are short-term successes. We are constantly looking for is core funding.

“We are much happier now but we are worried about our long-term future. It does put extra pressure on volunteers to have to raise money as well.”

Has Cruse helped you? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Individual and group support from trained bereavement support workers.

Support for young people.

Drop-in support on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12pm at 19 Tower Street, Ipswich.

A bereavement support telephone line - 01473 230888 - which is manned during the drop-in times and has an answer phone at other times.

Become a Friend of Cruse by making a yearly donation or joining as a fundraiser. Please ring 01473 230888.

Cruse is looking for volunteers to do bereavement support, for which training will be given, and administration. Cruse particularly needs an Ipswich-based assistant administrator. Please ring 01473 230888.

Come to a fundraising concert of light classical and popular music, performed by the Ipswich Hospital Band and sponsored by Gotelee & Goldsmith Solicitors, at St Mary's Parish Church, Market Hill, Woodbridge, at 7.30pm on March 4.

Tickets (£6 in advance, £7 on the door) are available by phoning 01473 253666, 01394 383831 or 01394 383000.

There is also a memorial service, for anybody who has been bereaved, at St Mary's Parish Church at 8pm on April 26

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