Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to announce its success at the Children and Young People Now Awards.

Major figures from the children’s sector gathered at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday night for the tenth annual ceremony, which has become the gold standard for organisations working with children, young people and their families.

Winston’s Wish was thrilled to be highly commended in the charity category, and was especially proud to attend the event with Young Ambassador Scott Jermy, who has used his own experience of bereavement in order to help others.

Eight charities were nominated in the category, meaning that competition was fierce. But Winston’s Wish impressed the judges with its commitment to helping rebuild the lives of young people after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister.

The Children and Young People Now awards provide a source of pride and recognition for all those who strive day in, day out, to improve the lives of others – as well as providing an opportunity to raise the profile of projects and initiatives to funders and the general public.

Sam Dewey, Senior Events Executive at Children and Young People Now, commented:

“The awards recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people from birth to adolescence as well as their families. Initiatives might be aimed at all children and families within a community or targeted at those who are the most vulnerable or disadvantaged.

We received a record number of entries this year, it was fantastic to see such a large amount of high quality applications”.

Fergus Crow, recently appointed Chief Executive at Winston’s Wish, attended the ceremony along with Scott and Chair of Trustees Barbara Want. He said:

“I was really delighted to have been awarded Highly Commended on behalf of the charity – it was great to see the fantastic work of our team recognised by the rest of the children’s sector.

It was a chance to remind people of why our work is so vital for the children and families we support.”

Each year, Winston’s Wish reach over 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

The Winston’s Wish Helpline, staffed by qualified clinical practitioners, provides guidance and information for anyone supporting a bereaved child – 08452 03 04 05, 9am-5pm Monday – Friday and 7pm-9.30pm on Wednesday.