Britain's best loved mascot Pudsey Bear visited Windsor's Thames Hospice last week to celebrate it receiving a £122,000 grant from the Children in Need charity he represents.

Pudsey posed for photos with patients, families and staff at the hospice's current site in Hatch Lane last Wednesday. In the afternoon, Pudsey visited the site by Bray Lake where a new building is going up that will enable the hospice to expand into larger premises next year.

The grant will enable the hospice to expand its children and young people's bereavement service - developing peer-to-peer support groups, counselling and therapy.

Each year the hospice's patient and family support team helps around 150 children and young people living in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire who are facing bereavement.

Simon Smith, head of patient and family support, said: “We are thrilled that BBC Children In Need recognise and value the work we do. Every year we see more patients with young families needing our care and support.

"The serious illness or death of a parent can be devastating for children and young people and bring multiple challenges into their lives.

"Supporting them and their family through such times requires specialist skills, compassion and creativity. Our team will now be better equipped to help children and young people express their feelings, reduce any risk of isolation and build coping strategies for their changing circumstances.”