In the wake of the tragic accident at Shoreham in West Sussex over the weekend our thoughts are with the whole community, and especially those families and children who have suffered bereavement.

The effect of such a tragedy can be profound for both those directly involved, and also those who are witnesses. Explaining sudden and traumatic death to a child can be especially difficult, with no time for preparation, or an opportunity to say goodbye. We also know that an incident like this may trigger difficult memories for children who have previously suffered bereavement. This may be more likely if the past bereavement has been traumatic or as a result of an accident.

Supporting a bereaved child or young person can feel daunting, but there are straightforward and practical ways which can make a real difference.

Winston’s Wish is able to provide information, advice and support to anyone who is caring for a bereaved child. Our experienced practitioners are available on the Winston’s Wish National Helpline (08452 03 04 05). There are also other resources available online at

Locally in West and East Sussex, Winston’s Wish holds monthly drop-in sessions, where young people, families, carers, professionals, and anyone concerned about a bereaved child can meet our trained practitioners to find out more about our wider services in a relaxed and informal environment. We also welcome individuals/families from outside of these locations/areas who wish to make the journey to meet with us.

These sessions run on the last Thursday of every month between 2.30 – 5.30pm at the Westgate Leisure Centre, Ravenna Way, Chichester, West Sussex,  PO19 IRJ (Upcoming dates: 27th August, 24th September, 29th October),and also at Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield, TN22 1AE in East Sussex (commencing fortnightly on Tuesday 29th September 2.30 to 5.30pm)