Support for Copeland’s Bereaved

16th October 2015

A charity which helps families cope with the loss of a loved one can increase its service thanks to a generous donation.

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria was established to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone who has been bereaved to understand their grief, to cope with their loss and to emerge with a sense of purpose for their future.

Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria receive cheque from Shepley Engineers
L-R Michael Poole, Ken Bradford, Sue Cross, Nick Houghton, Richard Harris, Christine Morgan

Thanks to a grant from the Shepley Group Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria is able to increase the number of its volunteers in Copeland from 9 to 17.

Shepley Engineers Limited established the Shepley Group Fund in 2009. The fund is now worth more than £115,000 and is a lasting legacy to Cumbria. The Fund supports small voluntary and community organisations across the county.

Michael Poole, Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria said: “We are very grateful to Cumbria Community Foundation for their help and to Shepley Engineers Ltd for their grant of £1,853. This money will be used to increase the number of trained volunteers who support bereaved people within Copeland, where we currently have significant waiting lists for our services, which are free to our clients. To this end, the money will also enable us to start a new service of group support for the bereaved.”

Nick Houghton, Managing Director of Shepley Engineers said: “We established our fund with the express aim of providing support to those in need in our community. This grant to Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria is a perfect example of how our fund can do this. We are pleased that it will help them provide more support to people in this area at a particularly difficult time in their lives.

Cumbria Community Foundation do an excellent job in managing our fund and we are continuing to donate and build it, ensuring our community support can continue for a long time into the future. We believe this type of economic support provides real social benefit, which is something all companies should consider.”

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation said: “We are delighted this funding will help Cruse Cumbria expand the number of their volunteers, which should result in bereaved people receiving much needed support much quicker.”

Cruse Cumbria has a local 24-hour helpline number 07071 780761 and further details are available online at