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Big Takeup for Conference

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jul, 2015 10:33 AM

Nearly 200 people are expected for a major conference on Child Bereavement at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester on Friday 7 October (from 9.30am).

Speakers include former Children’s Commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green and Julie Stokes, founder of the award-winning child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish. Alison Penny, the Co-ordinator of the Childhood Bereavement Network, is also speaking.

Sir Al said, “I’m delighted that the importance of this issue is being recognised. Losing a loved one can have a devastating effect on a child’s development. We, the Church, must do our utmost to develop compassionate and effective responses to their needs.”

Canon Harold Stephens, one of the organisers, said, “This has obviously hit a nerve. This is one of the first gatherings of its kind, and we’ve had more bookings than anticipated. We are looking forward to welcoming our guests: it looks like this will be a significant day for those who attend.”


Sir Al is the Chairman of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education. He was Children’s Commissioner for England 2005-2010.
Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.
The Childhood Bereavement Network provides resources for those supporting children and young people who have been bereaved.
Canon Harold Stephens is Rector of Dorchester and a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.

First Media Release 
Sir Al Aynsley-Green (Guardian profile) 
Winston’s Wish 
Childhood Bereavement Network 
Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education 

Further information contact
Secretary to the Bishop of Sherborne, Debbie Albery:
01202 659427, 

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