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National treasure and Hampstead resident Bill Oddie is proud to be getting behind the Great British Brekkie; a fundraising campaign from Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.

Winston’s Wish is appealing to everyone – families, friends, work colleagues and classmates – to join in the fun of the Great British Brekkie week by hosting a charity breakfast in February to help raise vital funds to support bereaved children across the UK.

Bill, who has lived near Hampstead Heath for more than 40 years, shared an insight into what he treats himself to as the first meal of the day:

“This is my Great British Brekkie – maybe not British, if anything a bit of Greek in it. Greek yoghurt with fruit – fresh fruit – blueberries, strawberries and maybe even blackberries, British blackberries of course, and a bit of crunchy muesli stuff. Here’s the cheat, a little bit of honey.”

He joins a glittering list of celebrities backing the campaign. Other star supporters include Freddie Flintoff, Alan Davies, Zoe Wanamaker, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Bill Bryson, Gino D’Acampo, Sandi Toksvig, and Eddie the Eagle.  Celebrity videos can be seen on the charity’s youtube channel: http://ow.ly/XumTp

From the 8-14th February, Winston’s Wish wants supporters to make their morning special and revive the tradition of the Great British Breakfast. This can be anything from a good old cuppa and toast to a sturdy full English, or alternatively, a sumptuous continental dish. There are lots of ideas and helpful resources to make any Great British Brekkie event a real treat – online registration is now open at www.greatbritishbrekkie.org.uk and donations can be made by texting BREK13 to 70070.

This impressive celebrity support provides a massive boost to the recognition and understanding of the vital work that Winston’s Wish carries out. Each year, the charity supports more than 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated support services following the death of a loved one as a result of accident, illness, murder, manslaughter, suicide and also through military service.

Raising a toast to the Great British Brekkie, Lucy French, Fundraiser, said:

“This is now our fourth annual Winston’s Wish Great British Brekkie and the campaign continues to grow and get more exciting every year! Every single penny raised from the breakfast events counts and will make a life-changing difference to bereaved children, young people and their families”.

Long-standing Winston’s Wish supporter Julie is also very fond of the campaign:

“The Great British Brekkie is our favourite event. It brings our local community together and we always have lots of fun. Winston’s Wish is a charity close to our hearts as my four children lost their dad to suicide in January 2012. Since then we have been busy fundraising and have managed to raise over £2000.”

More about the Great British Brekkie

When does it take place?

From the 8th to the 14th of February

Where does it take place?

It can be anywhere – at home, work or school, in a village hall or a local pub. The possibilities are endless.

How can people take part and sign up?

It’s about inviting friends and sharing any sort of breakfast – that could be muesli, muffins or maple syrup pancakes. Fresh fruit, French toast and fried eggs go down well or perhaps some bacon, bagels, or baked beans. Sizzling sausages, scrambled eggs, or smoked salmon serve up well. All breakfast choices are welcome and all the money raised will help Winston’s Wish to support bereaved children and their families.

Potential breakfast hosts can visit the Great British Brekkie website www.greatbritishbrekkie.org.uk to view sample recipes, a gallery of supporters’ photos and videos, an interactive ‘brekkie’ map and to sign up online to host their own event. Alternatively, they can tweet @winstonswish using #greatbritishbrekkie

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