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Nursery group Busy Bees, has raised over £15,000 for childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, as part of a year-long fundraising partnership.
Since the group began supporting the charity in March, children at Busy Bees nurseries across the UK have been participating in a variety of fundraising activities, including: summer fun days, bake sales, dressing up days and fun runs.
Children managed to raise more than £15,000 for the charity which helps children and young people to rebuilt their lives after the death of a parent or siblings by organising lots of events throughout the year.
Managing director of Busy Bees, Marg Randles, said: “It is extremely important to us that we work with a national charity that supports children and families and we’re delighted to have raised so much already. The death of someone close to us is one of the most fundamental losses anyone will ever face, and something no child should have to go through alone or unsupported. It is vitally important that there are specialist individuals on hand that are trained to guide young people through the grieving process. We want to help make sure that children and families across the country that have been affected by a bereavement have somewhere and someone to turn to.”
“Every year Winston’s wish helps more than 40,000 children and young people to rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling through a range of dedicated services. Studies show that if children aren’t supported in the right way during the grieving process, it can have a deep and lasting effect on their emotional well-being causing problems later in life.”
Busy Bees in Harlow has raised the most amount from any single event so far, raising £936 by holding a Disney princess day.
Winston’s Wish was established in 1992, and offers a wide range of practical support and guidance services on bereavement to children, their families and professionals in individual, group and residential settings, and via a national helpline, interactive website and publications. The charity provide specialist support for children bereaved through murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military.
The money raised by the group will go towards funding specialist bereavement support programmes, including specialist practitioner-led therapeutic services, regional drop-in sessions and the national helplines.
Chief executive of Winston’s Wish, Fergus Crow added: “Busy Bees have been absolutely fantastic in fundraising for Winston’s Wish and we cannot thank them enough for their hard work and effort.
“So far, they have raised over £15,000, which will enable us to help more children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling. A big, big thanks to Busy Bees for their amazing support.”
For more information on Winston’s Wish, visit: www.winstonswish.org.uk