The death of someone close is a hard thing for a child or young person to go through. Every year 20,000 children and young people are bereaved of a parent, and many more lose a sibling, grandparent or close family friend, totalling an estimated 2 million bereaved kids annually.
Winston’s Wish is a charity based in Cheltenham which helps and supports more than 7500 bereaved children, young people and their families every year. They work with kids from birth to 18 years and have a dedicated space on their website for older young people, recognising their different levels of understanding. Specific support is tailored to circumstances – expected deaths following illness, for example, or sudden deaths such as suicide, accident or through violence.
Every year the charity sees around two hundred children and young people face to face, delivers five residential groups, makes home visits and runs a national helpline for anyone caring for a bereaved child. And since November 2003, five hundred stars have been created in the Skyscape of memories on their website. There’s also a support programme for schools and training and consultancy for professionals.
Winston’s Wish Helpline: 0845 2030 405, general enquiries: 01242 515157 www.winstonswish.org.uk Clara Burgess Centre, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AW
First published issue 43 (Winter 2005)
Written by Beccy Golding
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