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Winston’s Wish proudly announces renewal of partnership with Help for Heroes

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Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnership with Help for Heroes, which represents £90,000 worth of funding over the coming year.

Since 2010 the two charities have built a solid relationship which has helped a large number of military families across the UK gain access to specialist support services following the loss of a mum, dad, sister or brother. The partnership has resulted in the UK’s first dedicated provision for bereaved children of military families.

Following a significant rise in military referrals last year, a total of 34 Forces families received in-depth, face-to-face therapeutic support from Winston’s Wish, equating to 43 adults and 71 children.

Whatever the circumstances of military bereavement, there are often complexities not experienced in civilian life. When the death has come as a direct, or indirect, result of military conflict there can be a great deal more questions, concerns, frustrations and problems which need to be addressed. Winston’s Wish has the experience and resources to tailor the right support to enable families to rebuild their future in a positive way. This could include telephone support, meetings with the family as a whole, and individual sessions with the children, young people and their parents or carers. Experienced practitioners help the families to explore their feelings, to understand the effects of the bereavement and how they can support each other.

A specialist publication from Winston’s Wish entitled ‘The Family Has Been Informed’, offering practical advice in the immediate days and weeks after a military death, has proved to be a useful resource.

Bryn Parry, CEO of Help for Heroes, said:

“I was four and a half years old when my father was killed on active service so I know only too well how Winston’s Wish helps those who have lost loved ones. You never forget losing a parent but in time, and with the right support, life does get better. Help for Heroes is honoured to be working with Winston’s Wish, providing the UK’s first dedicated provision for bereaved children of military families.”

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

“We are very proud of our relationship with Help for Heroes and incredibly grateful for the invaluable funding. The renewal of the partnership will enable us to deliver the very best support to bereaved military families across the UK, when and where they need it most “

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.

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