Mobile phones boost for Cruse

SERVICES to Borderers suffering the pain of bereavement have now been improved.

On Monday, Pauline McGregor, regional network chair of Cruse Borders Bereavement Care, handed over mobile phones to the charity’s volunteer counsellors during a supervision session at Borders General Hospital education centre.

Clients will now be able to contact their allocated counsellor directly, rather than communicating through the national helpline – 0845 600 2227.

“This should make it much easier for our clients to make and rearrange appointments,” said Ms McGregor, revealing the donation of the mobile phones was the result of a recent event at Selkirk Rugby Club when £430 was raised.

Cruse in the Borders, which has 10 volunteer counsellors, helped 57 new clients last year, providing one-to-one support to people of all ages struggling to cope with their loss.

“The counsellors and other volunteers all provide their services free of charge, so we depend on fundraising and donations to deliver the local service,” explained Ms McGregor.

Cruse is currently looking to set up a small fundraising committee.

Any reader who wishes to help can email borders@crusescotland.org.uk or telephone Lynda Keay on 0131 229 9355.