Rotary Donation to CRUSE Cornwall

Wadebridge Rotary supports CRUSE with a donation from Wheels 2018

Cruse Bereavement Care in Cornwall

Shelagh Kester (Chair) and Fr Doug Robins (Treasurer) of Cruse visited Wadebridge Rotary on 4th October to receive a donation of £1,500 from Wheels, presented by President Mick Goward.

The Cornish branch of Cruse Bereavement Care was established in 1982 and each year supports around 600 individuals around the county who turn to the charity for help after the death of a family member or friend.

Though a branch of the central Cruse charity, Cruse Bereavement Care in Cornwall is very much independent in terms of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and delivery of the service. The central charity doesn't provide any funding to the branches, they have to stand on their own two feet.    It is staffed by one very part-time employee who coordinates the entire charity. Everyone else involved in all aspects of the organisation does so on a voluntary basis.

The services are provided entirely by specially trained volunteers, who each year give more than 10,000 hours of their time in total to help those struggling to cope with their grief.

The main expense is reimbursing travel costs to volunteers. In common with many other charities, Cruse Cornwall has lost a lot of previously provided core funding from Cornwall Council and the NHS, so there's a need now to considerably up the fundraising effort to find around £35,000 a year to bridge the gap and maintain operations. 

Report by Kevin Smith.   Photo by Martin Broadfoot.