We are delighted to announce that this year Busy Bees will be supporting children's charity, Winston's Wish. Winston's Wish is the UK's leading childhood bereavement charity that provides fantastic support and services to children when they are most in need, with children's well-being at the heart of what they do.
The children at our Busy Bees nursery in Cheltenham received a very special visit from the mascot of Winston’s Wish, on Wednesday 17th February, to celebrate our national partnership. Winston Bear greeted the children at the Bath Road nursery and handed out a number of goodies including banners, flags and balloons to raise awareness of the great work the charity carries out.
Everyday more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. The death of a parent or sibling can be one of the most fundamental losses anyone will ever face, let alone a child. 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 in later life.
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. The money that we raise this year across our 250 UK nurseries will be going towards funding these specialist support programmes including helplines, drop in sessions, practitioner assessments and bereavement services.
Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, commented on the partnership, saying:
“We're delighted and honoured to be selected as Charity of the Year for all Busy Bees day nurseries across the UK and are very much looking forward to working with their extensive team. The money raised from the many fundraising activities and events they have planned will make a life-changing difference towards our work with bereaved children, young people and their families.”
Marg Randles, our Managing Director, said:
“It is extremely important to us that we help a national charity that supports children and families and Winston’s Wish is a fantastic fit. Our 250 nurseries nationwide are preparing themselves to involve our children and parents in a range of exciting fundraising challenges, which we hope during 2016 will make real difference to children, young people and their families across the UK.”
As part of our year-long partnership, we will be aiming to raise money specifically to fund a number of projects for Winston's Wish. These include publishing a book to help children under 5 cope with grief, a Children 5s and Under Bereavement Service (CUBS), and provide sponsorship to individual practitioners or day groups.