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

Emma joins the Gloucestershire team, bringing a wealth of experience in youth support to the organisation. Her work will help the charity realise its belief that the right support at the right time can enable bereaved young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.


Having previously worked for a cancer support charity for five years, Emma has specialised in supporting children aged 3-18 and their families affected by cancer or other life-limiting conditions. This means that Emma is skilled in working with children pre and post-bereavement.

Emma has a deep understanding of the importance of working with groups and families as a unit; a practice that Winston’s Wish champions in its therapeutic work.

Her previous role as a secondary school counsellor also gives vital experience of working with young people in a one-to-one setting.

Emma has relocated from Lancaster to Gloucestershire to join the Winston’s Wish team. She commented:

“I’m very proud to join Winston’s Wish and to be part of a really well-respected team. In the therapy ‘world’, Winston’s Wish is highly reputable and held in very high esteem on a national scale.

I’m looking forward to working with children and their families across the county and helping to make a huge difference in how they cope with their bereavement”.

Family Services Team Leader for Gloucestershire, Brett Riches, added:

“Emma is going to be a fantastic addition to the team. With her extensive experience within children’s services, Emma brings a great deal of knowledge on how to support young people through such a difficult time”.

Emma will also be supporting the new services the charity is now delivering in the Worcestershire area.

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.