Our Charity

Charity of the year

ISSBA’s Charity of the Year 2018 - 2019

Cruse SuffolkEvery year the ISSBA committee selects a charity from amongst our members to become our Charity of the Year. This year we are delighted to be supporting Cruse Suffolk.

Cruse was set up in 1959 and has been going in Suffolk for nearly 20 years. The name is based on an Old Testament passage about a widow’s cruse or jar of oil which never ran out and meant that support would be given for as long as it was needed.

Cruse operates with 60 volunteers who help the 10% of people in Suffolk who have been affected by grief and don’t feel able to cope. Grief is unique and everyone grieves differently but it can make people feel isolated and alone. 

The charity offers practical advice, support groups, leaflets, telephone support and one to one sessions for adults, children and young people. There is no charge for Cruse’s work and people self-refer although many are recommended by GPs and mental services. Cruse is non-religious, non-judgemental and welcomes people of all beliefs and none. 

Jane O'Riordan is a trained volunteer with Cruse Suffolk and told us ‘The main challenges we face are thatGoa Sunset death is a difficult subject to talk about. Sadly, we have a long waiting list of clients and a charity profile which needs to be ‘lifted’ in Suffolk. We need more volunteers, more supervisors, people to sit on the regional committee, more trainers and, of course, funds to help with office and volunteer expenses. We are currently recruiting for one telephone line in Suffolk which would help hugely to improve our work. It takes courage to ring when you are feeling in the depths of despair. The person on the end of the phone is crucial and sometimes that conversation is enough for some people. This alone will cost £10k a year to run.’

Samuel Stamp-Dod, ISSBA Chair said ‘Cruse desperately needs to raise awareness as well as funds and we hope that ISSBA can help them to get their message out to the local business community. Please help us to support Cruse Suffolk throughout the coming year.’

Jane is very happy to provide businesses and individuals with helpful information around loss and bereavement as sadly, grief affects everyone at some point in their lives.

We have got off to a great start with £53 raised via a raffle at the ISSBA AGM on 20th June so thank you to all that joined in. Look out for ways that you can help to support Cruse Suffolk throughout the year. 

Visit their website www.suffolkcruse.co.uk to find out more or support them via their Just Giving page. All monies raised stay in Suffolk.