A national service to help support the estimated 1.5 million people affected every year by the death of a family member or friend is being launched thanks to a £60,000 grant from Surrey Freemasons.
It is estimated that three people are seriously affected by each of the more than half a million deaths that take place every year in England and Wales*.
Many of these seek support from Cruse Bereavement Care.
Cruse is developing a National Bereavement Gateway, as a means of accessing bereavement support. This is an evolution from the current Cruse Helpline, which provides support to thousands of people every year.
The Cruse Bereavement Gateway will provide people with emotional support and advice when someone has died, and will also help bereaved people access the local support they need, provided by Cruse and other organisations across the country.
There will be 320 volunteers recruited and trained over three years, who will be able to provide a telephone support service from their own homes. The expanded service will allow 100 percent coverage for the whole country.
The grant from Surrey Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.
Andy Langford, Chief Operating Officer at Cruse Bereavement Care said:
“We are very grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to support many thousands of people who are at their most vulnerable point following the death of a loved one.”
David Olliver from the Surrey Masonic Charity Team said, “I am delighted that Surrey Freemasons are supporting Cruse Bereavement Care who undertake such wonderful work for people in our community who sometimes have nowhere else to turn after the death of family or friends”.