Sainsbury's LeighBereaved children will continue to receive specialist support in the North West region thanks in no small part to Sainsbury’s generous donation to Winston’s Wish.

The charity, the first to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, last year launched face-to-face bereavement services in the North West, and the supermarket has supported Winston’s Wish as their local charity of the year.

The partnership with the store on Parsonage Retail Park comes to an end having raised over £4,000, a fantastic amount which enables Winston’s Wish to continue delivering vital bereavement support to children and their families when they need it most.

In October 2014 Winston’s Wish launched their drop-in clinic on Leigh Road and Sainsbury’s have been raising awareness and funds to support the new services for children who are bereaved of a parent or sibling.

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

“Winston’s Wish had been running services in Wigan and Leigh for two months when Sainsbury’s chose to support these services. It has made such a massive difference to have a local company supporting a new service which relied on help from the community.  The money raised will go toward supporting more local children and their families”.

Julia Blackett, Store Manager at Leigh Sainsbury’s, added:

“It was a privilege to work in partnership with a charity that was new to the area and had something special to offer the local community .Winston’s Wish touched the hearts of colleagues in store and give our community accessible bereavement support for local children. It was as much about information as about fundraising”.

The Winston’s Wish Drop-ins for the North West region run weekly in Wigan and Leigh, open to anyone who would like to find out more about the charity or would like to meet with other people in relation to a bereavement.

Tuesday Drop-in sessions are held every Tuesday from 11am-1pm at Compassion in Action, Patrick House, 58 Leigh Rd, Leigh, WN7 1QR.

Wednesday Drop-in sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.30-5.30pm at Sunshine House, Wellington Street, Wigan, WN1 3SA.

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 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.