Winston's Wish

We support bereaved children, their families, and the professionals who support them. We were the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children since 1992. As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, we continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.

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Winston’s Wish was set up in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children, young people and their families. Since then, we have helped many thousands of children begin to live with their loss. The idea took root when clinical psychologist, Julie Stokes, visited the USA and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Inspired by the services she saw there, she returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.

‘Churchill’ quickly metamorphosed into ‘Winston’ – a bear – who became our mascot. We say it is Winston’s ‘wish’ that every bereaved child should receive the help they need to cope with the death of someone important in their lives.