09Feb / 2017
Every year at Christmas GGS makes a donation to an organisation that we value. Our chosen charity for 2016 was Winston’s Wish, a charity that supports children and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.
Winston’s Wish was the very first UK charity to offer child bereavement support services. The charity was established in 1992 by clinical psychologist, Julie Stokes. The idea was formed during a visit to the US and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the experience, Julie returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.
The charity leads the way in providing essential specialist child bereavement support services, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.
More than 100 children are bereaved of a parent every day, so the Winston’s Wish team offers a full range of support to ensure that grieving children and their families get the best care possible. They annually receive over 5000 calls to their free national helpline and supported more than 1500 Children supported in 2016. They also offer support for schools, online resources for young people and training and development for new practitioners.
Clare Richards, Community Fundraiser for the North West branch of Winston’s Wish had this to say, “We are incredibly grateful for GGS for making a donation to support more bereaved children. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to continue our valuable work with local families so support like this is vital.”
Simon Talbot, Managing Director of GGS said, “We’re delighted to be able to support Winston’s Wish in providing care and support to bereaved children and their families. Their work is a genuine source of comfort to young people in need. Long may it continue.”