“Without Winston’s Wish I don’t think I would fully be who I am today. Janet March was my counsellor, and I cannot thank her enough for helping me through the difficulty of losing a sibling. I learnt to accept my grief, to not let it become me nor to supress it, and I learnt how to live with it not against it.”

Maisie (Winston’s Wish Youth Ambassador)

“After her passing I continued to ask my Mum when she was coming home, despite having sadly witnessed her death, in the hope that maybe it was a dream or a mistake, and she was just off travelling. Although she never came home again, I still have that memory of her to cherish. “I love and miss her so much, and although it might be sad to bring up the past, talking about the memories and our love for her keeps her forever present in our lives. I know siblings can be annoying and you can fight and have fall outs. But don’t take them for granted, as life is short, and I would do anything to have my big sister back.”

Maisie (Winston’s Wish Youth Ambassador)

“I always dread when the sibling question comes up, because if I say I have a sister then the questions unravel – are they older or younger? Are you close? What do they do? Where do they live? But these are questions to answer in your own time in the way you feel appropriate. I sometimes answer yes, I have a sister, and then swiftly change the topic if I don’t feel close enough to share with the person asking.“Also, Holly was my only sibling, so I’ve even had people close to me refer to me as an only child or tell me that I know what ‘only child syndrome’ feels like, despite knowing about Holly. Although from the age of seven I grew up without Holly, that doesn’t remove the fact she lived and is still my sister.“For others who might relate to this, don’t let other people remove their existence because they are no longer around. They will always be important to you, a part of you, and are the reason you are who you are today.”

Maisie, Winston’s Wish Youth Ambassador