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Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish charity

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.

Winston’s Wish was established by Julie Stokes OBE, a clinical psychologist, in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children and their families. The idea took root when Julie visited the US and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the services she saw there, Stokes returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish.


 “Thank You! My son is communicating more, he is smiling and is so much happier!  I am so relieved to see my little boy laughing again…he used to play but he didn’t laugh or smile, it was almost as if he didn’t think he should.  Since attending the group, he has told me he used to think it was his fault his dad died, but now he knows it wasn’t.  He still misses his Dad and gets upset, but it’s not every night now and he will talk to me…like he told me he was really worried that I would die, and I didn’t know that, but now I’ve been able to talk about it.  This has really helped us!”

“She’s like a different girl.  I can’t explain it…it’s like she has grown up, being able to talk about her feelings and listen to other people’s difficulties has really helped her.  She’s excellent! Oh…yes…the self harm has stopped too!”

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