Media Release – Response to Stuart Grimley MP Media release

Hope Bereavement Care (Hope) would like to thank Stuart Grimley Office for their support of Hope and Stuart’s press release.


There are limited services for people who suffer sudden and unexpected death.  ‘Since we began over 35 years ago, the number of families we help each year has grown substantially. We receive no direct government funding, and the charities that have supported us in the past are reducing their funding’ – Dr Bernie Jenner OAM, Board Chairman. In order to continue with services at their current levels and expand to meet need, Hope have called on both State and Federal governments for their assistance. “We thank Stuart Grimley MP for his support of Hope Bereavement. In the last week have been able to have positive conversations with State Government local members who have expressed their support and look forward to meeting with Martin Foley. We are hopeful that they will be able to provide Hope with the resources to both continue our work and extend our support.’ said Dr Bernie Jenner OAM, Board Chairman.


Hope Bereavement Care is a community driven partnership model. Specialised bereavement support is offered by staff employed by both Hope and partner organisations (Red Nose and Jesuit Social Services), trained peer mentors and contractors with offices and administration systems managed by Hope Bereavement care.


‘We are so thankful of the outpouring of support from the community. We have had an increase in donations and people fundraising on our behalf, as well as local organisations such as the Freemasons, Connecting Geelong, APCO and Villawood providing financial support. We still have a long way to go, but our partner organisations are committed to the services delivered under the Hope partnership and we are hopeful for Government assistance and continued Community Support. We look forward to meeting with Martin Foley in the near future’  said Salli Hickford, Executive Officer.