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Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, would like to thank Bolton Wanderers Football Club, who helped raise over £1,800 through a variety of charitable events.

Winston’s Wish was fortunate to be chosen as Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s Local Charity Partner for the season 2014/15 and helped raise the sum to support local children bereaved of a parent or sibling.

The club organised a series of events to engage families and players throughout the season including a Christmas carols service and toy appeal.  The annual carol service, held at the football club, was attended by over 1,200 people including players and fans.  A collection was taken on the door for Winston’s Wish.

The club kindly collected funds for Winston’s Wish at one of the recent Championship matches against Leeds United, with the club drawing 1-1 thanks to a memorable goal from the returning Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Jayne Jackson, Funding Manager at Bolton Wanderers, said:

“We are delighted to have supported Winston’s Wish this year as part of our local charity partnership programme”.

Clare Richards, Fundraiser for Winston’s Wish, added:

“When we applied to be Bolton Wanderers’ local charity we had just launched new services in the area, so it was a welcome partnership to help us reach out to the local community but also raise funds to help sustain them.  Bolton Wanderers have been a fantastic support over the last 12 months and the funds raised will help tremendously with children and young people faced with the loss of a parent or sibling.

We would like to thank everyone at Bolton Wanderers and in the community for supporting Winston’s Wish in our first year of North West services.”

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.

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.