Mayor's charities 2019/2020
The mayor's charities are:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national organisation founded in 1959 to provide support to bereaved people. Support is offered by trained volunteers to anyone who has suffered a bereavement, no matter how long ago.
The Gloucestershire area was established in 1983; the main office is in Cheltenham, but volunteers work across the county. Clients receive support either in face to face sessions, in a group setting, or by telephone. They are given space to talk about their grief in a confidential setting with someone who is there to listen without judging, and to help them adjust to life without the person they have lost. Clients refer themselves to Cruse, often at the suggestion of health professionals, and there are about 1,000 referrals in each year in Gloucestershire, of which 600 will result in direct individual support.
Monies raised from the Mayor’s Charity Fund will increase their capacity to help by contributing towards volunteer training, hire of premises, literature and telephone costs.
St Margaret's Hall
St. Margaret’s Hall is a community hall in Hatherley run entirely by a self-help group of volunteers. Activities are diverse, ranging from dog training, model railway exhibitions, the full range of fitness, dance, and slimming groups, as well as occasional social evenings run by the hall committee. Recently we have started monthly community bingo evenings, which have been a great ‘hit’ with the community on our estate.
Following closure in 1997 by its previous owners, St. Margaret’s Hall Users Group was formed and Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) purchased the Hall. The hall receives no external subsidies, and now manages to return some rent to CBC.
Over the years since 1998 we have re-invested our proceeds in improving the fabric of the hall with disabled toilets, new kitchen, flooring and ceiling and solar panels. A new Annex was built in 2017 with help from grant funding, and a loan from CBC. Donations from the Mayor’s charity fund will be used to renew life-expired lighting and heating systems.