About Us


Cruse Bereavement Care Bristol and District Area was established in 1978. Since our establishment we have supported many thousands of bereaved people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.


Our Management Committee

Our organisation is run by a Management Committee. All the people on our Management Committee are volunteers. They come from different background and have the skills and experience required to lead our charity and manage operations.

We are constantly looking for people to join or support our management committee. Our management committee members are not trustees. Their legal responsibilities are less onerous than those of trustees.

Our current management committee members are:-

  • Mirella Brittan (Chair)
  • Val Hampshire (Vice Chair)
  • Philippa Drewett (Hon Treasurer)
  • Keith Erskine
  • Heather Bailey
  • Sally Hartley
  • Jeannie Osmond
  • Sue Pygott

Our Staff and Volunteers

We have three staff members; an Area Co-ordinator, a Fundraising & Communications Officer and an Admin Assistant, all of whom are part-time.

We have a large team of fully-trained, highly skilled volunteers who support bereaved people in various ways.

All our Bereavement Volunteers have undertaken and completed our Awareness of Bereavement Care (ABC) training course. They are all DBS checked and receive regular supervision.


Our President is Ann Dent. During a professional career spanning over 30 years she has worked in palliative care and bereavement support for adults and children, in service provision, education and research.  She has been a research fellow at Bristol and Bath Universities, conducting national and regional studies in Bristol, on support given to families after the sudden death of their children.  Ann helped to set up Cruse Bristol.


Our principal funders are:-

  • Grant-making Trusts and Foundations
  • Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bristol City Council Public Health
  • North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Gloucestershire Council

Funding from these sources is supplemented by voluntary donations from businesses, groups and individuals, and from money raised by friends, supporters and service-users through sponsored activities and fundraising events.

We thank all our funders and donors for supporting us and making our work possible. 

Where does the name “Cruse” come from?

The name ‘Cruse’ is derived from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow’s cruse, or jar of oil, which never ran out, thus signifying that support would be given as long as it was needed and there would always be a drop of comfort available.

Despite the derivation of this name, we are a non-religious organisation which welcomes and supports people of all faiths and none.

For further information about the national charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, which was founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames please visit http://www.cruse.org.uk.


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