NECS chooses Winston’s Wish as its charity partner

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Sep 20, 2023

NHS North of England Care System Support (NECS) is pleased to announce that its staff have chosen Winston’s Wish as their charity partner for 2023-24.

Winston’s Wish is a national charity which helps children, teenagers and young adults find their feet when their worlds are turned upside down by grief through information, on-demand services, bereavement support and counselling. The charity was chosen following a vote by the 1,800 people working for NECS.

NECS celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Originally set up to meet the needs of NHS healthcare commissioners in the North East and North Cumbria, it has since diversified and expanded the range of customers it serves, delivering support services to health and social care systems locally, nationally and internationally and providing a suite of innovative, leading-edge digital applications.

NECS colleagues across the country were asked to select a corporate charity that has an impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities and which they could focus fundraising activities on.

Stephen Childs, NECS Managing Director, said: “Our vision at NECS is to make life changing improvements to communities we serve. This is our day job – but our people want to do more. Nominating Winston’s Wish as our charity partner is a unique opportunity to unite our people behind an inspiring cause and demonstrate our commitment to making a difference.

“Our people have chosen a charity whose aims inspire them. Winston’s Wish has a massive impact on the lives of young people affected by grief. I believe we share the same passion and commitment to improve lives.”

Fergus Crow, Chief Executive at Winston’s Wish, added: “I am delighted to announce that we have been selected as the North of England Care System Support Service’s annual staff charity. Their support will enable us to reach even more children and young people who are grieving and in need of our help and together, we can transform lives and work toward a society where no child grieves alone. Thank you to all those at NECS for voting for us and for your belief in our cause.”

Winston’s Wish will collaborate with colleagues at NECS to explore ideas on how to raise money for the charity and draw attention to their work.

Winston’s Wish provides a freephone helpline on 08088 020 021 for expert advice, information and bereavement support for grieving children, young people and adults supporting them.