Winston's Wish ambassador from Brimscombe enjoys Westminster trip
2:20pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Winston's Wish Young Ambassador Hatty Davis who recently attended a special event in Parliament to celebrate the charity's work. Picture by Carl Hewlett/TWM (1757675)
A SPECIAL launch event was held at the Houses of Parliament recently to celebrate the work of the childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish and its Young Ambassadors, like 19-year-old Hatty Davis from Brimscombe.
At the age of just eight, Hatty lost her mother to cancer in what she describes as the most painful experience of her life.
Leading up to and following her death, Hatty received help and support from Winston’s Wish, which was founded to provide assistance to bereaved youngsters and their families.
The ex-Stroud High School pupil has now decided to repay the charity for its kindness by becoming one of its Young Ambassadors and raising awareness about its services.
On Monday, October 21, a special reception was held in Westminster to honour her work and the efforts of the charity’s other Young Ambassadors, who are all aged between 13 and 24.
The event was hosted by Cheltenham’s Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood and was attended by representatives of the charity, as well as by the comedian, radio presenter and television personality Patrick Kielty.
Hatty, who enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament before the lunch reception, said: “I lost my Mum to cancer when I was just 8 years old, and it was the most painful experience I’ve had to deal with.
“My Dad got in contact with Winston’s Wish just before she passed, and they were brilliant from then on.
“They helped him explain her death to us, we went on a residential and day trips and participated in group activities.”
She added: “'I feel honoured and privileged to be a Young Ambassador for such an amazing charity. It was a brilliant launch event that we all really enjoyed.”
Catherine Ind, the charity’s chief executive, said: “It is an absolute honour to have our Young Ambassadors spreading the word about Winston’s Wish and the work that we do with bereaved children, young people and their families, across the country.
“They attend events, give talks and represent Winston’s Wish on so many levels, we wanted to celebrate and thank them sincerely by holding this special launch event in London.”
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