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Winston’s Wish welcomes crucial new Director to its growing family

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Winston’s Wish, the leading child bereavement charity in the UK, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sacha Richardson as Director of Family Services.

Sacha, a registered psychotherapist, brings with him a wealth of valuable experience working with bereaved children, parents and families both in the UK and across Europe.

His links with Winston’s Wish were established more than 20 years ago when he volunteered on a residential weekend in order to expand his knowledge of working with groups of bereaved young people. Learning from the charity’s founder Julie Stokes OBE and her team was, he says, an inspirational experience and one which resulted in a long-standing connection and affection for Winston’s Wish.

Now, in his role as Director of Family Services, Sacha will be instrumental in delivering the highest standard of practical support and guidance to children, families, professionals and anyone concerned about bereaved children.

He joins Winston’s Wish from The Laura Centre in Leicestershire, where he has been Director of Therapeutic Services since 2007. The centre’s work offering specialist bereavement counselling to parents who have lost a child, and young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person, perfectly complements the ethos of Winston’s Wish.

Sacha was Chair of the Childhood Bereavement Network from January 2008 to April 2015 and is currently Chair of the Family Bereavement Network in Europe. He has a Masters in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy. He lives in Market Harborough, Leicestershire with his wife and two children aged 22 and 19.

Sacha Richardson said:

“I feel honoured to have this opportunity to be part of the Winston’s Wish team and contribute to this vital and rewarding work. I also feel privileged to work with such a skilled, experienced and motivated team.”

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

“Sacha so impressed us with his passion, drive and experience. His skills will be invaluable as we continue to develop the great work provided by our Family Services team. It will be a pleasure to welcome him back to Winston’s Wish following his first experience of our charity more than 20 years ago!”.

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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