Our chosen local charity is Winston’s Wish
As a local, family-run business Arnica is committed to supporting our community beyond looking after the health and well-being of local patients, for example, supporting causes close to our staff and patients’ hearts.
With this is mind, we are committed to regularly supporting local community-based organisations and charities such as Winston’s Wish.
What does Winston’s Wish do?
As a charity, Winston’s Wish relies on the charitable support of individuals and businesses like us. Our funding is vital in enabling the running of the Helpline, the weekly groups, and the support services needed to help grieving, vulnerable children and young people make sense of death, and give them the coping skills needed to rebuild their lives.
Winston’s Wish has been supporting children since 1992
Have you ever lost someone close to you? Then you’ll know just how difficult grief is to deal with, and the passing of a close family member can be particularly devastating. So imagine how tough it must be for a child or young person to lose a mother, a father or a sibling. For someone so young, to lose someone close can be life altering. It can impact their life, their behaviour, their relationships and their future in ways that we cannot imagine. At Christmas and other family-oriented holidays, a child can have a particularly difficult time dealing with their grief. Winston’s Wish have been supporting children and young people since 1992, giving them the help they need to cope with the death of someone important in their lives.
Winston’s Wish Currently Supports Over 40,000 Bereaved Children
Every day in the UK, more than 100 children will lose a parent through death. Unaddressed grief can have long-lasting effects on a child that may lead to problems later on in life. According to the charity, the incidence of childhood bereavement in youth offenders is ten times higher than the national average. This clearly demonstrates the long-term impact such a tragedy can cause a child or young person. Winston’s Wish currently supports almost 40,000 bereaved children and young people each year, helping them to deal with their grief, and provide the support they need to turn their lives around and find some hope in their future.
Overview of Winston’s Wish Services:
- National Helpline (08452 03 04 05)
- Website support (www.winstonswish.org.uk)
- Drop-in groups
- Call-back telephone support for families
- Individual, family and group work
- Specialist publications and resources
- Training and consultancy for professionals
Our Winston’s Wish Donation Scheme
If you are a patient at Arnica and would like to support Winston’s Wish there are a number of ways we will donate £5 to them on your behalf. For further information see our Please Support Us page
Further Information about Winston’s Wish
If you would like to contact Winston’s Wish direct you can contact their community fundraising team:
Clare Richards – North West – 07867 428914
Liz Thatcher – Glos & Neighbouring Counties – 01242 546167
Liz Tomala – All Other Regions – 01242 546158
Lucy French – Events & Campaigns – 01242 546187
Marielle Birks – South East – 01403 211030
For e-mail addresses and other key info go to www.winstonswish.org.uk
Head Office: Winston’s Wish, 17 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA
Winston’s Wish is a registered charity (England & Wales) 1061359, (Scotland) SC041140