Fort Night for Winston's Wish

Bereavement charity asks community to ‘set up camp’ for grieving children

Looking for cool new ways to keep the kids creatively occupied and give back to the community? Look no further. In response to the recent lock-down, childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, has created a virtual event that will take place on Saturday 18th April at homes across the UK, using simple items found around the house.

For one night only, ‘Fort Night’ encourages families to create lasting memories during this difficult time. Families everywhere are challenged to build a fort in their own front rooms, and come together virtually for an evening of live-streamed fun, before bedding down for the night in their very own creations.

After planning and erecting their home-made den, children will be treated to a line-up of live streamed family-friendly entertainment. The charity hope their programme of singing, dancing and storytelling will keep kids busy in the run-up to bedtime

Winston’s Wish hopes that families will rise to the challenge of sleeping in their forts to raise vital funds in support of their work with grieving children across the UK. They shared that just £16 would help the charity provide a memory box for a child whose loved one has died.

Paul Moore, Head of Community Engagement at Winston’s Wish, says: “We hope that Fort Night will inspire our supporters to make memories of their own when the world outside can feel like such a scary place to be right now.

“Despite the circumstances, our practitioners have risen to the challenge of delivering care and support to grieving children and their families in new ways. We feel confident that our generous community will be keen to set up camp to make sure that they can continue to do that.”

Winston’s Wish is expecting the government restrictions to heavily impact on their fundraised income and hope that their virtual event will help to fill some of the gap caused by cancelled and postponed events.

The charity is asking those who wish to take part to register on their website at in order to receive an online package of downloads to help build their fort, craft projects and access to the live stream entertainment channel.