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Winston’s Wish savours support of Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival

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Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children in the UK, is preparing to unleash its mascot Winston Bear at the prestigious Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, after being named as the event’s chosen charity.

The Festival, which this year runs from June 10th to 12th, is a highlight of the town’s calendar and attracts big name celebrity chefs along with well-known and respected chefs from Gloucestershire’s leading hotels and restaurants who will be showcasing local produce.

Winston’s Wish is especially proud to have been selected as the sole charity partner as it represents a great opportunity to raise awareness of its work with bereaved families among thousands of residents and visitors to Cheltenham.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the charity will be able to visit the information stand, and Winston Bear will be meeting and greeting well-wishers. Fundraisers will be mingling among the crowds with buckets in the hope of generating extra funds.

The Kitchen Theatre is always one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Festival. This year master baker Richard Bertinet, from the Bertinet Kitchen in Bath, will be sharing his insider tips on how to create the perfect bread.

Great British Bake Off star Cathryn Dresser, who charmed television audiences during the third series of the successful BBC2 show, will be bringing her warm and bubbly personality to the kitchen theatre. And holistic cooking convert Jamie Raftery, whose famous mentors include Marcus Wareing, Heston Bluementhal and Gordon Ramsey, will be empowering people with healthier food.

John Rhodes, organiser of the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, said:

“The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is delighted to have Winston’s Wish as our Charity of the Year for 2016.  It is a great local charity that supports children who are in great need at a time of emotional tragedy.  We are hoping that the people of Cheltenham and beyond will offer their support during the three days of this year’s Festival.”

Liz Thatcher, Community Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, said:

“We are honoured to be selected as the chosen charity for this popular and prestigious local event which has such a wide reach. It will be a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about Winston’s Wish in the community. Winston Bear will definitely enjoy the live music!”

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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