Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to strengthen its family services team in the South East with the appointment of Becky Phippen as Senior Practitioner.

Becky’s work will help the West Sussex-based charity deliver its belief that the right support at the right time can enable bereaved young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.

As the charity looks to extend its services across the South East, Becky will provide vital additional support to bereaved children and their families, working across the charity’s array of specialist services.

Becky brings a wealth of experience to Winston’s Wish, having previously worked at Chestnut Tree Hospice as a Care Support Worker for three years. In this role, Becky provided one-to-one work with children in end-of-life care, supporting young people pre-and post-death.

She then studied a BA (Hons) degree in Social Work at the University of Chichester. Becky’s extensive knowledge of working therapeutically with children and young people will be a huge asset for Winston’s Wish.

She is looking forward to the challenge ahead, commenting:

“Winston’s Wish has a fantastic reputation nationally and I’m really pleased to be joining the team in the South East.

I have always heard positive things about the charity and I’m looking forward to working alongside children and families in the area to offer therapeutic support and build hope and confidence for the future”.

Becky will deliver information and guidance at the charity’s drop-in facility, as well as providing support on the Winston’s Wish national Helpline (08452 03 04 05).

Family Services Team Leader in the South East, Mary Ryder, added:

“We are delighted to have Becky as part of our team. Her background of social work combined with previous experience of work with children and families at a children’s hospice, and a local service for children with disabilities, will be invaluable, at a time when we are developing new services and extending across the Sussex region”.

Susan Tait, Family Service Delivery Manager, added:

“We’re delighted to have Becky join us at a very exciting time of development for Winston’s Wish. Her knowledge and experience will be an absolute benefit to our growing team of practitioners”.

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.

The Winston’s Wish drop-in for West Sussex runs from 2.30-5.30pm on the last Thursday of every month at the Westgate Leisure Centre, Ravenna Way, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RJ. The drop-in is open to anyone who would like to find out more about the charity’s services or would like to meet with other people in relation to a bereavement.