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Winston’s Wish Appoints New Director of Fundraising

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Winston’s Wish, the leading child bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to welcome on board Emma Radley as Director of Fundraising.

Emma has experienced a successful career in fundraising in both the higher education and health sectors and brings with her a wealth of valuable experience. She began her career with the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation, where she was part of the fundraising project for the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

In her role as Director of Fundraising, Emma will play a key part in delivering the fundraising needed to maintain the level of support on offer to bereaved children by Winston’s Wish. The charity needs to raise £2.5 million each year to ensure as many children as possible receive the support required.

She joins Winston’s Wish from the Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation, via Oxford Brookes University where she served as Head of Fundraising from 2006 to August 2015. Emma oversaw a variety of interesting fundraising projects, in accordance with the university’s full spectrum of subjects and areas of research.

On a personal level, Emma and her family received a great deal of bereavement support following the death of her son in 2011. As a result, she understands the importance of bereavement support and of the services that Winston’s Wish provides. She currently lives in Witney, Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

Emma Radley said:

“I am extremely passionate about my new role at Winston’s Wish, as it allows me to bring both my professional expertise and my personal experiences together. I have seen how transformational good bereavement support can be, and how positive things can come out of such a devastating experience. I look forward to doing my part in supporting Winston’s Wish to continue to deliver its fantastic service to more families in the future.”

Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, added:

“We were really impressed by Emma’s drive and passion for the role, as well as her skills and experience. She understands the importance of our services and will do a great job in leading our fundraising team going forward. We’re delighted to have her on board as part of our growing family.”

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches more than 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

The Winston’s Wish Helpline, staffed by qualified clinical practitioners, provides guidance and information for anyone supporting a bereaved child – 08452 03 04 05, 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and 7pm-9.30pm on Wednesday.

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