Supporting the vital work of Cruse Bereavement Care, Cambridge

A woman sits in front of a computer, while two others show their mobile phones to camera

How volunteer Hillary Linsey used funding to help an important bereavement service invest in vital equipment.

My name’s Hillary and I’ve been an Engage Mutual customer for 20 years. I’ve also volunteered for my local branch of Cruse Bereavement Care in Cambridge for the past 24 years.

“Cruse Bereavement Care is really important to our local community”

Cruse Bereavement Care is really important to our local community. The charity supports anyone who has lost a family member or friend and needs some help or guidance. When people come to us, they are often feeling vulnerable and need some support to find peace of mind. That’s exactly what we can provide for them.

Our service is instrumental in shortening the length of time before clients feel able to return to work and it also helps reduce the need for anti-depressants too. It’s such an important service, and that’s why I applied for a Foundation Community Award in 2012. It had become apparent that we needed to update our equipment; our telephone system was on the blink, we desperately required a second computer to help with administration and we also needed to publicise our new telephone number. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make any of this happen without financial backing, which meant the award was really important to us.

“I was over the moon when we won the funding.”

I was over the moon when we won the funding. We went out and replaced the telephone system for the helpline to stop it from crashing, and got the second computer system too. We’ve also commissioned publicity material to promote our new helpline number – giving everyone in the community access to much-needed support, should they ever need it.

We do a vital job for our community and it’s great that organisations like the Foundation value the work we do.