Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to receive a donation from Shoosmiths’ Manchester office, which enables the charity to purchase art therapy materials for its creative work with bereaved children.

Winston’s Wish offers the widest range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals following the death of mum, dad or a sibling.

Shoosmiths was the charity’s national corporate partner in 2014/2015 and this generous donation is provided from the company’s Manchester office specifically for use by the Winston’s Wish North West team.

The £150 donation will be used by the North West team to purchase materials for art therapy sessions, allowing children to express their emotions, feelings and memories through art.

Tina Woods, Senior Practitioner at Winston’s Wish, explained:

“Art therapy provides bereaved children and young people a space where they are able to explore and process their feelings and experiences following the death of a loved one. Art materials enable children to express and communicate often painful feelings and traumatic experiences, which can be difficult to talk about directly, or where the words to describe these thoughts just can’t be used or found”.

Nicola Ellen, corporate responsibility consultant at Shoosmiths, added:

“Whenever we fundraise or donate to a charity, we are always keen to understand how the money will be spent and therefore to know we can make a difference to the charity’s work is very satisfying. We hope the materials help Winston’s Wish to help bereaved children”.

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.

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 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.