Busy Bees Childcare, head-quartered in Staffordshire is celebrating the end of a successful year of fundraising after raising £90,093.74 for charity partner Winston’s Wish – the charity for bereaved children in the UK.
As part of the year-long fundraising partnership, staff, parents and children from Busy Bees children’s nurseries throughout the UK have worked hard to support the charity by hosting a whole host of different events and fundraising activities.
Everyday more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. If children experiencing this devastating loss aren’t properly supported through the grieving process, it can have a deep and lasting effect on their emotional well-being and go on to cause problems in later life. The money that Busy Bees, the UK’s largest provider of quality childcare, raised will go towards helping some of the thousands of children that Winston’s Wish supports through this process each year, funding a C.U.B.S programme for children under 5, practitioner-led therapeutic services, regional drop-in sessions and the National Helpline. It will also fund the creation and forthcoming publication of a book designed specifically for pre-school age children to help them come to terms with bereavement.
Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, said:
“We’re incredibly touched by the hard work and generosity of everyone involved in Busy Bees nurseries. To have raised over £86,000 for Winston’s Wish is truly incredible and everyone within our organisation is thankful for their support.
“The money raised is truly life changing for many families who have suffered a bereavement. It will enable us to provide more support and more resources for the children and families who need us.
“A huge thank you to every single person at Busy Bees; to the 267 nurseries across the UK, to the staff who have worked tirelessly and to all of the families who have supported us. Thank you.”
Marg Randles, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Busy Bees, said: “I think I can speak for the whole team at Busy Bees when I say that we’re so proud of the hard work our staff, parents and children have put in this year to raise money for our charity partner, Winston’s Wish. Facing the death of someone close to us is something no one should have to face in isolation, let alone as a child, which is why the work that Winston’s Wish carries out is so commendable.
“It’s vitally important that there are specialists on hand throughout the UK to guide young people through the grieving process, giving them somewhere, and someone, to turn to in their time of need.”
The money, which is still being collected from Busy Bees nurseries across the UK, is due to fund therapy and support sessions for individuals and families that need support following the most fundamental loss they will ever face. The specialist book to help Under 5’s come to terms with their bereavement is due to be launched in Autumn 2017.