As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, we continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.
Winston’s Wish was established by Julie Stokes OBE, a clinical psychologist, in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children and their families. The idea took root when Julie visited the US and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the services she saw there, Stokes returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.
Since then we have understood the impact of bereavement at a young age and has developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. We offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.
We believe in a society where every bereaved child has access to support as and when they need it.
Year of foundation
calls to our Helpline in 2015/16
children are bereaved every single year in the UK
approximately two children under 16 are bereaved of a parent every hour
Children supported in 2015/16
childhood bereavement in youth offenders can be 41% higher than national average
of 5 to 16 year-olds have experienced the death of a close friend of the family
children are bereaved of a parent every day
Publications sold or distributed in 2015/16
young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling
the number of children we reach every year through an array of services