Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is bracing itself for a frightfully fun half-term in the magnificent setting of Haigh Country Park.

With 250 acres of park and woodland to explore, it’s the perfect place to join the Pumpkin Trail raising money for the thousands of children and families supported by Winston’s Wish every year.

Collect a trail sheet from the café and find the 12 hidden boxes, paying special attention to look out for the golden box. If you find it and mark it on your sheet, you will be entered into a prize draw. The Trail is open from Saturday 24th October until Sunday 2nd November.

The event is being sponsored by Luc Van Dijck Veterinary Centre and the Friends of Haigh Country Park, and there’s still a chance to get involved by sponsoring one of the boxes. To sponsor a box contact Clare Richards on 07867 428914.

(L to R): Keith Bergman (Strategic Development Manager. Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust), Clare Richards (Community Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish); Luc Van Dijck and Mandy Greenhalgh (Luc Van Dijck Veterinary Centre) and Friends of Haigh Country Park.

Keith Bergman, of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said:

“Haigh is very much looking forward to hosting the Pumpkin Trail. It’s an event that will encourage and engage families and young people to support what is a very worthwhile cause. I do hope that it will be the first of many such events here and that Wigan becomes a key venue for the charity”.

Clare Richards, Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish in the North West, added:

“We are thrilled to bring this event to Haigh Country Park and it promise’s a great day out for everyone. It’s perfect for families to get involved throughout the half term holiday, but also look out for the dog walker’s challenge too. It’s a free event for everyone to enjoy, but there’s also the option of making a donation to Winston’s Wish. We would be delighted if visitors were willing to support us by making a contribution, no matter how small”.

Winston’s Wish hosts drop-in sessions in Wigan and Leigh, providing a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for young people, parents or carers, professionals or anyone else in need of advice from one of the qualified practitioners at Winston’s Wish. More information can be found at

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.