Throughout the first week of June, Winston’s Wish – the UK’s leading childhood bereavement charity – will be celebrating the incredible contribution made by its dedicated teams of volunteers.

Winston’s Wish will be embracing Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) by recognising and thanking its dedicated individuals who undertake a variety of tasks. This includes practical support at groups for bereaved children, giving a helping hand at fundraising events and providing valuable admin support in the Winston’s Wish offices.

People from all walks of life value and enjoy their volunteering experience with Winston’s Wish. They become involved with the charity for many different reasons – to develop skills and experience towards a career, to be involved in something that feels important to them, and to make a difference and have fun in the process.

Catherine Ind, acting Chief Executive at Winston’s Wish, expressed her thanks to the volunteering team:

“We are extremely grateful to our fantastic team of committed volunteers who continually give us their time, enthusiasm and expertise to support the essential work of Winston’s Wish. Volunteers are an integral part of our charity and enable us to support even more bereaved children who need our therapeutic support at such a difficult time”.

Winston’s Wish helps children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. Each year, the charity supports over 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These in-depth support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and also through military service.

One such volunteer who was inspired to help Winston’s Wish is Liz Oldfield.

Liz, [pictured with Winston’s Wish Founder Patron, Julie Stokes OBE at the 2014 volunteer awards], helps the charity in a variety of ways, stretching from office-based tasks to offering practical support on bereavement day groups for children. She commented:

“Winston’s Wish fills a gaping hole in the care given to bereaved children, which I experienced as a child, 40-odd years ago. It is a joy for me to be able to contribute something positive now, and it has even helped me come to terms with my own loss, for which I am thankful all the time”.

Volunteers’ Week 2015 plays a huge part in raising the profile of England’s 22 million volunteers, encouraging others to get involved.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with Winston’s Wish can contact or call 01242 515157.