We were the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity
We were the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK and continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.
We were established by Julie Stokes, a clinical psychologist, in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children and their families. The idea took root when Julie visited the US and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the services she saw there, Stokes returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.
A Child’s Grief
Since then we have understood the impact of bereavement at a young age and has developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. We offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.
We believe in a society where every bereaved child has access to support as and when they need it.
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Year of foundation
calls to our Helpline in 2015/16
children are bereaved every single year in the UK
approximately two children under 16 are bereaved of a parent every hour of everyday in the UK
Children supported in 2015/16
childhood bereavement in youth offenders can be 41% higher than the national average
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 UK
More than 100
children are bereaved of a parent every day
Publications sold or distributed in 2015/16
1 in 25
children and young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling
we reach over 40, 000 children every year through our Helpline, numerous weekly groups, support programmes and one to one support services