Help needed to save bereavement charity

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A CHILDHOOD bereavement charity is desperately in need of support if it wants to continue to provide services to the borough.

Following the Closure of the hugely popular Me 2 You charity due to lack of funding, Winston’s Wish is hoping to take up the mantle but needs £100,000 to do so.

Me 2 You, which was based in Hindley, donated all its remaining funds to Winston’s Wish following its enforced closure in January. The latter hopes to continue helping the hundreds of local children who benefited from Me 2 You’s aid.

Now in its 20th year, Winston’s Wish has a range of services that include a national helpline for anyone caring for or concerned about a bereaved child.

Me 2 You founder Kelly Willison will continue to work for Winston’s Wish alongside Kate Davies to help the charity establish itself in the borough.

Kelly said: “I’m ecstatic to see such wonderful support from Winston’s Wish. We helped so many children in the borough over the past three years and it was heart-breaking to have to close our doors in January and I’m just pleased Winston’s Wish have agreed to set up here.”

Fiona Talwar-Lomberg, Chief Executive of Winston’s Wish said: “We were devastated to hear that Me 2 You was unable to continue to deliver bereavement services, and we are committed to ensuring that bereaved children and their families in the area continue to receive the support they need.

“The residual funds donated by Me 2 You to Winston’s Wish were humbly received and we hope this is the first step to expanding delivery of our services to the Wigan community and the surrounding area.”

Winston’s Wish says the aim is to establish a wide-reaching service accessible to families wishing to travel from the surrounding area, with the hope that it will be able to extend its support further afield as the charity has already done in Gloucestershire and West Sussex. Every 22 minutes a child in Britain loses a parent; this equates to 24,000 new children each year learning to live with a powerful range of confusing and conflicting emotions.

Bottled up, these emotions can have damaging consequences in later life for the individual, their family and society as a whole.

Winston’s Wish is now recognised as the leading organisation in this field and its pioneering model of family support has been adapted and used by many other organisations throughout the UK and abroad.

To support the appeal visit www.winstonwish.org.uk/NorthWest.

You can also text GIFT13, followed by the amount (£1,£2,£3,£4,£5 or £10) to 700 70. The Winston’s Wish helpline is 0845 203 0405.