UK Healthcare has donated £5,000 to Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK.
It is the latest in a long line of charitable donations from the company, which gave £139,000 to health related charities in 2014.
Winston’s Wish offers practical support and advice to bereaved children and their families. They also deliver guidance and training to bereavement professionals on working with young people.
Family bereavement is always extremely difficult to cope with, but this is especially true for children, who may struggle to understand the concepts of loss and death. Cheltenham based charity Winston’s Wish understands the difficulties that children and young people can experience and aim to help them in a variety of ways.
Therapy is provided through individual, group or residential sessions and help is also available from a national helpline, an interactive website and a host of helpful publications. Over the years, the charity has amassed a wealth of experience in working with bereaved children and their families. They continue to share this information with their peers in the bereavement counselling community through training and consultancy sessions. But the charity relies upon the generosity of others to provide all of this and more.
Speaking about the UK Healthcare donation, Family Services Team Leader Rebecca Lawson said: “We are extremely grateful to UK Healthcare for this generous donation to Winston’s Wish and we guarantee that this funding will be put to good use.
“We continue to work with families that have been devastated by the loss of a loved one. Children in particular can suffer with the loss of a family member and could even experience confusion and behavioural changes.
“Our aim is to help children, develop coping mechanisms and understanding about the nature of life and loss. We are driven by positive outcomes and with the help of businesses like UK Healthcare there will be plenty more positive outcomes in the future.”
UK Healthcare specialises in corporate health cash plans which can be used by company employees to claim back cash on a number of medical treatments and services up to generous policy limits.
Winston’s Wish run Drop-in sessions in the North West region, open to anyone who would like to find out more about the charity and the services provided around bereavement:
- Tuesday Drop-in sessions are held every Tuesday from 11am-1pm at Compassion in Action, Patrick House, 58 Leigh Rd, Leigh, WN7 1QR
- Wednesday Drop-in sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.30-5.30pm at Sunshine House, Wellington Street, Wigan, WN1 3SA