About Winston’s Wish

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.

About Winston's Wish

A Child’s Grief

Since then we have understood the impact of bereavement at a young age and have developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. We offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.

We believe in a society where every bereaved child has access to support as and when they need it.

Get to know us better…


Year of foundation


calls to our Helpline last year


children are bereaved every single year in the UK


of 5 to 16 year-olds have experienced the death of a close friend of the family


Regional hubs


Children supported face-to-face last year


childhood bereavement in youth offenders can be 41% higher than national average


Publications sold or distributed last year

More than 100

children are bereaved of a parent every day


families supported face-to-face last year

1 in 25

young people have experienced the death of a parent or sibling


the number of children we reach every year through an array of services

Our Team

Our Trustees

Downloadable Information

Our Impact Report

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Living With Bereavement

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Reports & Accounts

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