Group’s £500 funding boost

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AN ORGANISATION which provides vital support to the bereaved has received a cash boost from our long-running A Helping Hand fund.

West Suffolk Cruse benefited to the tune of £500, which will contribute to its core costs so it can continue to help those who have lost a loved one.

The Bury Free Press, with the aid of St Edmund’s Wheel, has been giving away £500 each month to local projects.

Adrian Williams, chairman of West Suffolk Cruse, said: “We’re very grateful for the money.

“Without donations like this we wouldn’t exist.”

The organisation, which is based in The Risbygate Centre, in Risbygate Street, Bury, supports more than 10 per cent of those bereaved each year in West Suffolk.

It offers telephone advice and literature and has 40 ‘visitors’ who offer one- to-one help weekly or fortnightly. It also runs friendship groups.

Mr Williams added: “About 70 per cent of those who do contact us have been encouraged to do so by their GP.”

The extra funds will contribute to office rental, telephone costs and the expenses of their visitors when they meet with clients in their homes.

The cash for the monthly grants comes from St Edmund’s Wheel, which raises most of the money at its annual Bury Bike Ride which attracts hundreds of fund-raisers who take part in a sponsored cycle on routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday June 10.

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Perhaps you have a pecial project that needs a kickstart or you need that last bit of cash to complete your fund-raising.

To apply for one of our monthly grants, fill in the coupon below and, on a separate sheet, in no more than 200 words, explain why your good cause deserves the cash.

Send them to: A Helping Hand, Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3ET.