Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is hugely grateful to receive a donation of £4,487 from Hereford Crematorium, which will support the charity’s work with bereaved children and their families.

John Gibbon, Bereavement and Markets Services Manager, presented the cheque, which becomes the largest recycling cheque from Hereford Crematorium to date. The donation is enabled by the recycling of metals scheme at the crematorium, a process carried out with the bereaved family’s consent.

Corinne Mason, from the ‘in memory’ team at Winston’s Wish, was given a tour of the crematorium having met with staff to receive the donation.

She commented:

“Winston’s Wish is so grateful to Hereford Crematorium for nominating us to receive this amazing donation and to the families who enable this scheme to happen. This gift will make such a difference to the lives of children left devastated by the death of their mum or dad, brother or sister.

It was great to have the opportunity to meet some of the crematorium staff, learn about their work, and talk more about how Winston’s Wish can support the bereaved children and families they meet”.

The amount donated to Winston’s Wish could, for example, pay for a family to receive the full programme of support from Winston’s Wish.  This would typically be over a period of 10 months and would include attendance at one of our residential weekends as well as individual work and telephone support.

Winston’s Wish has also received donations from Barham Crematorium and New Southgate Crematorium as it looks to expand its relationships with crematoriums and other industries caring for recently-bereaved families.

Each year, Winston’s Wish 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.

Run by Herefordshire County Council, the crematorium offers a range of memorials, depending on whether families wish to bury the cremated remains, place a memorial or dedicate a tree or bench.