Introducing Winston’s WishAugust 19, 2016 // No Comments
- Winston’s Wish was set up in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children, young people and their families. The idea took root when clinical psychologist, Julie Stokes, visited the USA and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Inspired by the services she saw there, she returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish. ‘Churchill’ quickly metamorphosed into ‘Winston’ – a bear – who became their mascot. The charity says that it is Winston’s ‘wish’ that every bereaved child should receive the help they need to cope with the death of someone important in their lives. They have now helped many thousands of children begin to live with their loss.Every day, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK which means that:
1. Over 41, 000 children are bereaved of a parent each year in the UK2. Approximately two children under 16 are bereaved of a parent every hour of every day in the UK3. Approximately one in 25 children and young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling4. 6% of 5 to 16 year-olds have experienced the death of a close friend of the family; this equates to 537,450 children in the UK5. The incidence of childhood bereavement in youth offenders can be up to ten times higher (41%) than the national average (4%)6. Winston’s Wish helps over 40, 000 children every year through their Helpline, numerous weekly groups, support programmes and one to one support services
To find out more about the work of Winston’s Wish or to support this charity, visit their website, which includes this downloadable document – Living with Bereavement: How to help a child deal with the death of a parent, brother or sister.