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Cheltenham child bereavement charity to help military

Repatriation of soldier killed in Afghanistan
Image caption The cash will be used to set up a special programme of counselling for children of the military

A childhood bereavement charity has been given £100,000 to extend its counselling service to the military.

Cheltenham-based Winston's Wish is to use the money to set up a special programme for the children of service personnel killed in armed conflicts.

The cash was awarded by another charity, Help For Heroes, which was set up to support wounded service personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Head of fundraising Tony Samuel said it would help to meet a growing need.

"The Army, Air Force and Navy do have support programmes, but nothing that's really focussed directly for children and on a national basis," he said.

"That's where Winston's Wish does have the experience and can bring a programme of support to all military families which they're so keen to help us develop."

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