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We thought it might be helpful for groups to see what has been happening around the country and so will keep past events posted here for a few months or as space allows.
Bedfordshire Sands Fundraising Ball
Bedfordshire Sands are looking forward to their inaugural Ball on Saturday June 30th. It is to be held at The Mansion House, Shuttleworth, Near Biggleswade.
Tickets are £40 per person including a reception drink, 3 course dinner, live music, auction and disco. A table of ten is dscounted at £360.
The evening will include live music, auction, raffle and disco
For more information and bookings please contact bedfordshiresands(at)yahoo.co.uk or 07900 1006543
Cardiff and Newport Sands 2nd Annual Golf Day/Fundraising Dinner
Cardiff and Newport Sands are hosting their 2nd annual Golf Day and Dinner on Saturday 29th June at Peterstone Lakes Golf Club, near Newport.
The day consists of an 18 hole golf competition, Trick Shot Golf Show by KC Golfshow with an evening fundraising dinner and charity auction.
Glasgow Sands Gala Ball
Glasgow Sands are are holding their annual Gala Ball on the 16th June 2012 at the Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street, Glasgow. G2 3HN
The evening starts at 6.45pm with a drinks reception followed by a 3 course meal. Tickets are £35.00 per person.
For further information please contact: befrienders(at)glasgow-sands.co.uk
East Berks Sands Memorial Service
East Berks Sands are holding their annual memorial service on Sunday 10th June at 3pm at St Mary's Church, Wexham, Slough
The service will be followed by a balloon release and refreshments. All are welcome
WANTED: Brain Cells - Reward for the most intelligent!!
Norfolk Sands are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 12th May.
Lots of fun and some fantastic prizes, including vintage champagne, luxury hamper, cash and more!
Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. £5 per person with max of 5 people per team.
To enter a team or for more information, please contact Hannah on 01604 871388 or mail(at)norfolksands.org.uk
'Spring Fair and Fun' in aid of Norfolk Sands
Please come and join us at our Spring Fair on Saturday 28th April at Aylsham Town Hall.
Lots of gorgeous and delicious treats on offer, with jewellry, cakes, plants, sewing, crafts, portrait photgraphy and more.
For more information please contact Sharon on 07539 462315 or mail(at)norfolksands.org.uk
A Christmas Tree Service
A time to remember babies loved and lost and for all who are suffering.
To be held at The Malcolm Arnold Academy, Trinity Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JW on Sunday 11th December at 3pm.
Please bring a decoration to hang on the tree in their memory.
For further information, please contact Hospital Chaplains, Northampton General Hospital on 01604 545773 or Northamptonshire Sands on 07907 836050 or Jane Percival on 07920 505202
Coventry and District Sands Twinkle Service
You are welcome to come along to the Twinkle Service at Walsgrave Baptist Church, Hinkley Road, Coventry, CV2 2EX on Sunday 11th December at 3pm
You are invited to bring a tree decoration or bauble in memory of your baby to hang on the tree during the service. Star cards will also be available.
Refreshments are served afterwards.
For more information, please contact Coventry and District Sands on 0789 650 0237 or coventrysands(at)googlemail.com
Bristol Sands invite you and your families to their Christmas Carol Service
Saturday 10th December at 3pm at St Bartholomews Church, Maurice Road, Bishopston, Bristol
An oportunity to come together to remember our much loved babies
During the service there will be a roll call of babies names and dates. If you would like your baby's (or babies) details added please contact rollcall(at)bristolsands.org.
For further information, please contact Bristol Sands on 0797 093 0513
Birmingham Sands Christmas Service of Remembrance
You are invited to join Birmingham Sands at Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church on Saturday 10th December at 11am
You are welcome to bring a tree decoration or bauble in memory of your baby to hang on the tree during the service. Star cards will also be available.
There will be cakes and drinks served afterwards.
For further information, please contact Birmingham Sands on 0770 942 5001
LEICESTERSHIRE SANDS - ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
Leicestershire Sands is holding a special service to remember all those babies who were stillborn or died so soon after birth. The service will be held in Holy Trinity Church, Regent Road, Leicester at 3pm on Saturday 19th November 2011, after which refreshments will be served.
During the service, we will read out the names of all the babies we are remembering and you will have an opportunity to light a candle in their memory. Although the service is being held in a Church, we hope it will be acceptable to families of all faiths and those who have no religious affiliation. The emphasis throughout is to come together to remember our babies who have died.
If you are able to join us and would like us to read out a name or names, please let us know by phoning or texting us on 07721 068464 or emailing info(at)leicester-sands.org.uk before Monday 14th November 2011.
Whilst the church is quite large, it would really help us if you could let us know how many of you will be attending the service. We will be read out your baby’s or babies’ names even if you are unable to join us during the service.
If you would like further information about the service, please contact us. We hope you will be able to join us for this special occasion.
Launch of new Support Group in Maidstone
Kent Sands are holding a launch event for their new support meetings in Maidstone.
It is on Sunday 25th Septmeber at Aylesford Community Hall, 25 Forstal Road, Aylesford, ME20 7AU from 2pm to 5pm
For more information please contact Kent Sands on 07530 363302 or 07951 454682
Eastbourne District General Hospital Babies' Memorial Services
You are welcome to attend the Babies' Memorial Services held by Eastbourne District General Hospital, which are held for anyone affected by the death of a baby. They are held for those who may or may not have a reigious faith and aim to offer good support in a sensitive and caring environment.
There are 2 services in 2011 on Wednesday 6th April and Wednesday 5th October. Both services start at 6.30pm and are held in the Chapel at Eastbourne District General Hospital, Kings Drive, Eastbourne, BN21 2UD
For more information please contact Rev Geoffrey Cook on 01323 417400 ext 4145 or geoffrey.cook(at)esht.nhs.uk
Dumfries and Galloway Sands
are delighted to announce their big fundraiser for this year will be their Grand Ball on 23rd September at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries; 7pm for 7.30pm. Dress code formal.
Champagne reception followed by a 3 course meal. Live entertainment with an auction, raffle and much more. West Sound's 'TJ' is your host and compere for the evening and local favourites Not Guilty will be there to get you dancing.
This will be a truly enjoyable evening tickets £40 each
For more information visit their website at www.dg-sands.org or call 07864 709228.
Tayside Sands Annual September Walk
Tayside Sands invite you to join them at their annual September Walk starting at Camperdown House from 11.30am on Sunday 11th September
The route runs from Camperdown house down to Bridgeview cafe riverside Dundee and back again.
Food and drink will be provided at the halfway point. For those that don't feel up to the return walk it is possible to finish at the halfway point.
Entry £5 or sponsorship forms available.
For more information please email Cheryl cfitzpatrick32(at)gmail.com
Family Fun Day & Five Aside Football Tournament
Family, Friends and Spectators are welcome to Cheshire East & North Staffs Family Fun Day
Sunday 10th July 1pm - 6 pm at The White Lion, Warmingham Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 4PS
Lots of stalls, crafts, competitions and activities including a Balloon release.
Full bar and BBQ all day/evening
For more information please contact fundraising.cens_sands(at)yahoo.co.uk or send a message to Cheshire East & North Staffs facebook page
Golfbags and Gladrags
Glasgow Sands are holding a 'Golfbags and Gladrags' event on Saturday 25th June at Crowne Plaza, Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT
You can choose from a Spa Day with cocktails and lunch or Golf Day with lunch followed by a 3 course evening meal with an auction and ceilidh.
Tickets from £45
For more information please contact 01698 792881 or glasgow-sands(at)tiscali.co.uk
East Berkshire Sands
You are very welcome to join East Berks Sands at their annual memorial service on Sunday 19th June at 3pm at St Mary's Church, Wexham, Slough.
There will be a balloon release and refreshments afterwards.
Cardiff Sands present The Seren Roberts Memorial Trophy Golf Tournament
10th June 2011 at Cottrell Park Golf Club, Cardiff from 9.30am onwards
Golf Tournament, 2 course evening meal with charity auction and raffle
Golf and evening meal - £35
Golf only - £25
Evening meal only - £12
Aberdeen Sands are holding a Beetle Drive on Friday 10th June at 7.30pm at Craigiebuckler Church Hall, Springfield Road, Aberdeen.
Good fun whilst raising funds and awareness for Sands.
For more information please contact Aberdeen Sands on 0870 760 6649 ore help(at)aberdeen.com
Always Loved, Never Forgotten
A Service of Remembrance is being held for all who have suffered the loss of a child at St Peter and Paul Church, Abington Park, Northampton at 3pm on Sunday 22nd May
For more information please contact the Hospital Chaplain on 01604 545773 or Northamptonshire Sands on 07907 836050
Leicestershire Sands Charity Auction
Friday 8th April at Greens Health & Fitness, 1 Byford Way, Leicester LE4 0DZ. 7.30pm onwards.
There will be a DJ, auction and raffle.
Admission is by tickets only - sold at £10. Tickets available from Kerrie on 07791 502805. All money raised to go to Sands
A Time for Remembering
NHS Tayside are holding a service for those who grieve for the death of a child before, at or after the time of birth
Wednesday 9th March at 7.30pm
Perth North Church, 209 High Street, Perth
For further information please call 01738 473896
Following the success of the event last year the group will once again be holding their Snowdrop Teas at Bridge House, Shillingford, Oxfordshire. OX10 7EU on 19th and 20th February 2011 between 12 noon and 6pm.
Snowdrop planting, Teas with homemade soup and cake available all weekend. Creative activities on offer, Memory quilt on display and opportunity to add your own square, skylanterns and bonfire to end weekend. See the group website at www.oxfordshiresands.org.uk or email Anna: anna(at)missfoxglove.com
North and East London Sands Candlelit Memorial Service
Parents, siblings, family and friends are invited to take part in this non-religious service to remember babies who died before, during or shortly after birth.
Friday 17th December at 7pm at The Nave, 1 St Paul's Road, London. N1 2QN
Refreshments are served afterwards.
If you aren't able to attend but would like your baby's name(s) read out then please let us know.
For more information please contact nelondonsands(at)hotmail.com
Milton Keynes Sands Christmas Memorial Service
You are welcome to attend the Babies' Christmas Memorial Service for anyone affected by the death of a baby. It is an opportunity to come together to remember our much loved babies and meet with other bereaved parents
Sunday 12th December at 4pm at St Mary's Church, Dudley Hill, Shenley Church End. MK5 6AB
Refreshments will be served afterwards
For further information please contact 07541 115698 or mksands(at)btinternet.com
Surrey Sands Christmas Twinkle Service
An opportunity for parents, family and friends to remember much loved babies that have died. The precious life of each baby is celebrated in music and song; by placing a card on the Christmas tree and the lighting of a candle as a list of remembrance is called.
Sunday 12th December at 3pm at St Mary's Church, Church Hill, Caterham, Surrey. CR3 5RA
Music will be provided by St Mary's Music Group and All Saints Warlingham Bell Ringers. The service is for all faiths or none and everyone is welcome.
There is no charge to attend and refreshments are served afterwards.
For more information please contact 07817 410075 or surrey.sands(at)btinternet.com
Coventry and District Sands Christmas Service of Remembrance
Coventry and District Sands welcome you, your family and friends to join them at their 'Twinkle Service' on Sunday 12th December at 2pm at Walsgrave Baptist Church, Hinckley Rd, Coventry, CV2 2EX
You are invited to bring a decoration to hang on the tree which might be a card or bauble with your baby(ies) name(s) on, or whatever feels right for you. There will also be star cards available at the service.
Refreshments will be available after the service
For more information, please contact Coventry and District Sands on 07896 500237 or coventrysands(at)googlemail.com
Northamptonshire Sands Christmas Service
You are warmly invited to join Northamptonshire Sands at their Christmas Service on Sunday 12th December at 3pm at Kingsthorpe Methodist Church, Welford Road, Northampton.
As part of the service you are invited to hang your decoration on the tree and our babies names are read out.
You are welcome to join us for mince pies and refreshments afterwards.
For more information please contact Northamptonshire Sands on 07970 836050
Birmingham Christmas Service of Remembrance
Birmingham Sands invite you, together with familiy and friends, to this service in memory of all our babies who died at or around the time of birth.
Saturday 11th December at 11am at Sutton Coldfield United Reform Church, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6A
You are invited to bring along a decoration to hang on the Christmas tree during the service. This can be a card or bauble with your baby(ies) name(s) on or whatever feels right for you.
Cakes and drinks are served afterwards in the Cedar Room, attached to the church.
For further information, please contact Birmingham Sands on 07709 425001
Derby Sands Christmas Rose Memorial Service
Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, for ALL those affected by the death of a child, however young or old, from first beginnings to adulthood.
You are invited to the Central United Reform Church, Beckwell Lane, Derby ( behind the old Debenhams)
Sunday 5th December at 3pm
An opportunity for time out, to help you through Christmas
For more information please contact Kate on 01335 345217 or katestanton(at)uwclub.net or Annette on 01332 362744
Bristol Sands Carol Service
Bristol Sands invite you, your family and friends to a Christmas Carol Service on Saturday 4th December at 3pm at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clfton, Bristol BS8 3ED
The service is an opportunity to mark and remember our much loved babies, as well as a chance to meet other parents.
For more information please phone Bristol Sands on 07970 930513
East Berks Sands Charity Race Night
East Berks Sands are holding a charity race night on Friday 29th October at The Polish Club, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, Slough
Doors open at 7.30pm for first race at 8pm
Tickets £12.00 including a hot buffet. Under 16's are free
For tickets and more information ring Karen on 01628 559310 or Hayley on 07989 475904
Cheshire East and North Staffs 80's Disco
Friday 15th October at The Liberal Club, Gatefield Street, Crewe. W1 2JP (over 18's only)
8pm til late (last orders 11.30)
80's fancy dress optional
Tickets £6.50 including pie and pea supper
For more information please contact cheshireeast_sands(at)yahoo.com
Surrey Sands Lantern release, Epsom Downs
Surrey Sands are organising a Lantern release on 15th October at 7pm. Call Surrey Sands for more information 07817 410075.
Chiltern Woodland Burial Park Baby Loss Remembrance Service
For anyone whose life has been touched by the death of a baby during pregnancy or after birth, no matter how long ago.
Chiltern Woodland Burial Park, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2XB on Friday 15th October at 5pm
The service is for those of all faiths as well as those with no religious beliefs. It includes music, readings and the lighting of candles as names are read out as part of the national Wave of Light events.
Refreshments will be served afterwards and a collection taken for Sands.
To reserve seats, please telephone 01494 872158
Directions can be found on www.woodlandburialparks.co.uk
Flowers on the Lake
Birmingham Sands are once again holding their Flowers on the Lake event at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham at 1pm on Sunday 9th October as part of Baby Loss Awareness week. For more information please call 07709 425001.
Derby Sands Baby Loss Awareness week candle lighting
Derby Sands invite you to come along to the Basement of Derby Cathedral coffee shop and light a candle to remember your baby, have a coffee and chat to other parents.
Saturday 9th October 10.30 am - 12.30pm For further information please call Derby Sands 07864 984523
Glasgow Sands biennial Service of Remembrance
is being held on Sunday 3rd October at 2.30pm at The Holy Cross Church , Dixon Avenue , Glasgow.
Guests are invited to bring a single flower for each baby lost. Clergy and hospital staff from maternity units in and around Glasgow participate and it is usually very well attended with around a thousand bereaved parents and families of all ages.
Blackpool 12th Annual Remembrance Service
All families who have experienced the death of a baby are welcome to attend this non-religious service.
It is being held at Blackpool Winter Gardens, The Baronial Hall on Sunday September 26th at 3pm
For further information please contact Megan Murray on 01253 306877
Forget Me Not Fun Day
The Forget Me Not Fun Day from 11am - 3pm on Saturday 18th September is being run with East Berks Sands and Dedworth Green First School in Windsor to improve the services supplied to bereaved families at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough. It will incorporate a sponsored walk and many stalls including bouncy castles, tombolas, pick a duck, shoot out, archery etc!
Tayside Sands annual walk
On Sunday 12th September Tayside Sands are holding their 3rd annual walk to raise awareness of and funds for the Why17? campaign and the support they provide in the local area.
Starting at 12 noon you can join the walkers for the full 17k walk from Camperdown House, Dundee to the Dundee rail bridge and back again or you can just walk to the bridge. Food and drink will be provided at the half way point.
Sponsorship form are available but not essential, however each walker will be asked to pay an entry fee of £5.
For further details please contact Cheryl 07920 111483
A Starry Night, Masquerade Ball
Swindon Sands are holding a Ball on Saturday 28th August at Alexandra House, Wroughton, Swindon
The evening starts at 7pm.
Tickets are £40, to include a BBQ buffet banquet, a welcome drink and a glass of wine with your meal, entertainment and a disco. There will be a raffle and a balloon release.
To buy your tickets or for more information please contact 01793 238788 or fundraising(at)swindonsands.org
Grand Union Canal Walk
Come and join family and friends of Heather Rous to welcome her home after her 146 mile walk in memory of her grandson James. She is aiming to raise £10,000 during this marathon walk.
Saturday 21st August at Brindley Place Bandstand, Birmingham City Centre
from 11am to 3pm
For more information please contact Lisa Brayshaw on 07878 349038
East Berks Sands Fundraising Car Wash
Please spread the word that there is a fundraising car wash in conjunction with Langley Fire Station on Saturday 7th August between 10am and 4pm
It is at Langley Fire Station, London Road, Langley.
Cheshire East and North Staffs Sands Launch
You are very welcome to join Cheshire East and North Staffs Sands at their Family Funday Launch Event on Sunday 4th July at The White Lion, Warmingham Rd, Coppenhall, Crewe, W1 4PS
There will be a five aside football competition, balloon release, games and entertainment, as well as a 3 chances to win a helicopter pleasure flight.
Come along and support this new group from 12.30pm to 6pm.
For more information please contact cheshireeast_sands(at)yahoo.com
Babies Remembrance Service
Everybody is welcome to come to this service, led by the University Hospital of Wales Chaplaincy Team and supported by Cardiff Sands.
It is held at Wenallt Chapel, Thornhill Crematorium on Sunday 27th June at 11.30am
During the service a memory card can be written and afterwards a memory pebble placed in the memory bowl in the Ilex Garden.
Refreshments will be available after the service
Family Fun Day and BBQ
You are very welcome to join Northamptonshire Sands at their Family Fun Day and BBQ on Sunday 27th June at the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton.
There will be games for all the family, a bouncy castle, face painting and a cake stall.
The day is from 12 noon to 4.30pm
For more information please go to www.northamptonshiresands.org
Gloucestershire Sands Summer Ball
Friday 25th June at Hatherley Manor Hotel, 7.30pm - 3am.
The ball will mark the 1st anniversary of the group and Sands awareness month. It will have a James Bond Theme with a casino, Fireworks, The Dodgems, food from around the world, Girls Allowed and many more surprises.
Hatherley Manor is located four miles from Gloucester and six miles from Cheltenham. The Hotel is situated off the A38 from Tewkesbury and 2 miles from Junction 11 of the M5.
Hatherley Manor, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester. GL2 9QA
For futher information and tickets please contact Hatherley Manor on 01452 730217 or email info(at)gloucestershiresands.org.uk
Fife Sands Annual Balloon Release
The Fife Sands annual balloon release and family picnic will be held on Sunday 20th June at Lochore Meadows.
The day starts at 12 noon with the balloons released at 2pm. All family and friends are welcome to join us for this family day out.
Leicester and Leicestershire Sands remembrance service
At 10.30am on Saturday 19th June at Holy Trinity Church, Regent Road Leicester, Leicester and Leicestershire Sands are holding a special service to remember all those babies who were stillborn or died so soon after birth. During the service, we will read out the names of all the babies we are remembering and you will have an opportunity to light a candle in their memory. We will read out your baby’s or babies’ names even if you are unable to join us during the service.
Although the service is being held in Holy Trinity Church, we hope it will be acceptable to families of all faiths and those who have no religious affiliation. The emphasis throughout is to remember the babies who have died.
If you would like further information about the service, please contact Leicestershire Sands email: info(at)leicester-sands.org.uk or call 07721 068464. We hope you will be able to join us for this special occasion.
Swansea Sands Craft Fair
All are welcome at the Craft Fair to be held on Saturday 19th June at Sacred Hearts Parish Centre, Pentrepoeth School Road, Morriston.
Tables are available at £10 each
There will be lots of activities for children, face painting a cake sale and raffle.
Its a lovely chance to get together, indulge in some retail therapy and eat lots of cake!
For more information please contact Sue on 07400 161023
Annual Memorial Service
East Berkshire Sands are holding their annual memorial service on
Sunday 13th June at St Mary's Church, Wexham, Slough at 3pm
Tea and cake will be served afterwards when there will be an opportunity to talk with others. There will also be a balloon release.
For more information please contact Karen on eastberkssands(at)aol.com
Leeds Sands Sponsored Walk
You are very welcome to join Leeds Sands in their 5 mile sponsored walk on Sunday 13th June at Harewood House. Meet at 10.45am at front gates.
Further information , registration details and a downloadable sponsor form please go to their webiste www.leeds-sands.org.uk
Glasgow Balloon Release
On Saturday 12th June Glasgow and Ayrshire Sands will be holding their 5th annual balloon release in memory of all babies who died before, around or shortly after birth in George Square, Glasgow. The number of balloons released will correspond with the number of babies who died in Scotland last year, figures based on data from the Registrar General Scotland.
The day will start around 11.00am and the balloons will be released around 12 noon. There will be an opportunity to have a personal message attached to a balloon.
With face painting, a balloon man creating figures, as well as information on Sands.
After the event tea/coffee will be served in the Georgic across from the Square, and goodie bags will be provided for children.
Anyone who wishes a personal message to be added in advance of the day should contact Glasgow or Ayrshire Sands by phone or e mail, although messages can be written on the day, but it saves time a little time if we have them prior to the day.
If you cannot make the day but would like a message attached to a balloon please contact Glasgow or Ayrshire Sands, in advance of the day and they will ensure your message is added.
Glasgow Sands: email info(at)glasgow-sands.co.uk or call 0845 604 7399.
Ayrshire Sands: email support(at)ayrshiresands.co.uk or call 01563 825 402.
Northamptonshire Sands Annual Service
All are welcome to join this service at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Abington Park, Northampton on Sunday 16th May at 3pm
During the service candles will be lit in memory of your baby or babies and they will be remembered by name.
Refreshments will be served afterwards
For more information, please contact 07907 836050
Scottish Network Day
Groups and Health Professionals in Scotland are invited to join us at the 4th Scottish Network Day at East End Park, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY12 7RB on Saturday 15th May, hosted by Fife Sands.
The day will be informal but informative with several presentations and, no doubt, much discussion. It will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Local groups will have the opportunity for a table to show what their group offers and share best practice.
For more information, please email fife-sands(at)tiscali.co.uk
Table Top Sale
Come along to the Table Top Sale in aid of Sands at Bishops Waltham United Free Church on Saturday 20th March between 10.30 am and 12.30pm
Basingwell Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AL
West Network Day
All groups in the West Network are invited to join us for the West Network Day on Saturday 20th March in Bicester, hosted by Oxfordshire Sands.
The day will give lots of opportunity to meet others in the network and share ideas. Some of the things we will be looking at are issues around running a group and a befriender meeting, as well group websites.
It will be held from 9.30am to 3pm at Ambrosden Village Hall, Merton Rd, Ambrosden OX25 2LS
For more information, please ring Lisa Brayshaw on 07709 425001
Act of Remembrance
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust invite you to their service to remember all babies who have died before birth, around birth or later. It is for parents, families and carers of all faiths.
To be held on Sunday 7th February 2010 at 3pm in the Staff Area of N19 Staff Restaurant, Whittington Hospital (reached through Whittington Court on level 1)
For more information please contact Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care on 020 7288 5337
North and East London Sands Candlelit Remebrance Service
North and East London Sands invite parents, siblings, their families and friends to a non-religious Candlelit Service to remember their babies who died before, during or shortly after birth.
On Friday 18th December at The Nave, 1 St Paul's Road, N1 2QN from 7pm to 9pm
Refreshments will be served afterwards
If you are unable to attend but would like your baby's name read out please let them know.
For further information please ring 07948 272486 or email nelondonsands(at)hotmail.co.uk
Dumfries Sands Christmas Service
Dumfries Sands invite you to their Christmas service at Crichton Memorial Church on Thursday 17th December at 7pm
'To gently celebrate the life of a baby who has died'
For more information please contact Dumfries Sands on 07864 709228
A Christmas Tree Service
You are welcome to the Christmas Tree Service where you can place a decoration on the tree in memory of your child at Kingsthorpe Methodist Church, Northampton on Sunday 13th December at 3pm.
For further details please contact the Hospital Chaplains at Northampton Hospital on 01604 545773 or Northampton Sands on 0790...
Milton Keynes Sands Memorial Service
All are welcome to join Milton Keynes Sands for their memorial service at St Mary's Church, Dudley Hill, Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, MK5 6LL on Sunday 13th December at 4pm
Refreshments will be avaliable afterwards
For further information please contact Jane Radice on 07541 115698
Bristol Sands Tree of Love Event
Bristol Sands invite you to join them and sponsor a light on their Tree of Love, in remembrance of your baby/babies. The tree will be lit at an informal ceremony where the focus will be the reading out of your dedications together with your baby/babies names.
The event will take place on Sunday 6th December at 6.30pm at The Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8 3NB
Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served after the event, The hospital remembrance books will be there for you to look at.
Other family members, friends and children are welcome, but as there is no creche you are asked to be mindful of other parents.
For further information please contact 07970 930513 or info(at)bristolsands.org
Any dedications received before 8th Nov can be printed in the Order of Service. Dedications received after this date will be read out at the ceremony but not printed.
Birmingham Sands Christmas Service of Remembrance
You are welcome to join Birmingham Sands at their Christmas Service of Remembrance on Saturday 5th December at 11am at United Reform Church, Sutton Coldfield
During the service there is an opportunity to light a candle in memory of your baby(ies) and have their name read out. You are also welcome to bring a decoration to hang on the tree in their memory
Refreshments will be available afterwards
For further information please contact Birmingham Sands on 07709 425 001 or birminghamsands(at)btinternet.com
Fife Sands Stay and Play Childrens Christmas Party
Fife Sands are really pleased to be holding their first ever Christmas event for children. If a child in your family has been affected by the death of a baby then they are very welcome to come to the Stay and Play Christmas Party.
It is to be held at Play Planet, Dalgety Bay on Thurs 3rd Dec from 6pm - 8pm
There is no charge and parents/guardians are asked to stay (coffee shop available). It is open to children up to 12 years of age. There will be a buffet and present for each child. Fife Sands have exclusive use of the venue for this event.
If you would like to come along, please email Debbie on debbie(at)thevinefamily.co.uk before 31st October
Service of Love and Remembrance
For those who have lost a baby. To be held at St Giles Parish Church, Wrexham on Sunday 18th October 2009 at 3pm. All are welcome
For further details please email Jane on jloleebarlow(at)talktalk.net
Ashington Teardrop Group (Sands) Fundraising Ball
You are very welcome to join Ashington Teardrop Group (Sands) at their fundraising Ball on Friday 16th October 2009 to be held at Marriott Hotal, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tickets will be £27.50 or £25 for a group of ten. This includes a 3 course meal and entertainment.
For tickets, please ring Jenny on 07734 925297 Hazel on 07745 092171 or Sara on 07530 632405
Babyloss Flowers of Remembrance Event
You are very welcome to join Birmingham Sands at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B12 9QH for this Babyloss Flowers of Remembrance Event. There is no charge.
Saturday 10th October, 1 to 2pm, with flowers at 1.45pm
Flowers and candles provided.
For further information plesae call Birmingham Sands on 07709 425 001 or email birminghamsands(at)btinternet.com
Family Fun Day in support of Northamptonshire Sands
Saturday 1st August 12 noon to 6pm at The Hungry Horse, Sixfields, Northampton.
Barbeque and outside bar with lots of activities including: 180° bungee jump, bouncy castle, bungee run, penalty shoot out, face painting, a kids' entertainer, live music from Atlantic and the Trans-Atlantic Sound and Fred the ice cream man.
Entry is free but there will be a charges for all activities.
East Network Day
This day, to be held on 25th July 2009 in Leicester, is in the planning stages, but will be an opportunity for Groups and members in the East region to meet and exchange ideas.
For further details please email info(at)leicester-sands.org.uk
Oldham Sands Balloon Release
Sunday 19th July at 2pm - Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton Hall Road, Chadderton, Oldham
One balloon for each baby lost per family, tags available for you to write your own personal message. Voluntary donations gratefully received.
Leeds Sands Sponsored Walk
You are invited to join Leeds Sands on their Annual Sponsored Walk over the beautiful moors around Haworth on Sunday 19th July
Meet at 10am in top carpark in Haworth, opposite Edingburgh Wollen Mill Shop. The route can be found on www.walkingenglishman.com/westyorkshire04.htm
It is approximately 7 miles long and classed as easy, so all are welcome.
For more information and a sponsor form, please email info(at)leeds-sands.org.uk
Welsh Summer Ball
Cardiff Sands are hosting the Welsh Summer Ball at Future Inn, Cardiff Bay on Saturday 20th June at 7pm.
Tickets cost £29.50 to include a 5 course dinner, entertainment, disco and auction. Dress code is black tie.
East Berks Sands Memorial Service
East Berks Sands are holding their memorial service at St Mary's Church, Wexham, Slough on Sunday 14th June 2009 at 3pm
For further details please contact eastberkssands(at)aol.com
....So Soon to Part....
A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving is being held at St Peter and Paul Church, Abington Park, Northampton on Sunday 17th May 2009 at 3.00pm for all those who have suffered the loss of a child
Further details from Hospital Chaplains, Northampton General Hospital on 01604 545773 or Viv Jameson, Sands on 07801 811025
Scottish Network Day
Glasgow Sands are hosting the Scottish Network Day to be held at Holiday Inn, 161 West Nile Street, Glasgow on 16th May 2009.
The day is open to Health Professionals as well as Scottish Sands Groups and members. The morning will have presentations and the afternoon will consist of workshops.
For further information please contact Ann McMurray on 07757 673457 or 07757673459
West Network Family Day
Solihull Sands invite you to:
Suport the Why 17 Campaign at the West Network Family Day on Saturday 25th April at Sands Garden, National Memorial Arboretum from 11am to 2.30pm (Croxall Rd, Alrewas, Nr Lichfield. DE13 7AR)
Try the Why 17 nature trail quiz, Take a guided walk around the gardens, Visit the Millennium Chapel, Bring a picnic or have lunch in the cafe
At around 2pm there will be brief gathering in the Sands Garden to remember our babies
Minimum donation of £1.70 with all proceeds to Why 17 Campaign
For further information contact Solihhull Sands on 07890 780433
North and East London Sands
Candlelit Remembrance Ceremony on Friday 19th December 2008 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in St Mary's Old Church, Church Street, N16 9ES.
We invite parents, siblings, family and friends to take part in a non-religious ceremony to remember our babies who died before, during or shortly after birth. Please join us after for refreshments at St Mary's.
To RSVP or for more information please email nelondonsands(at)hotmail.co.uk or call 07948 272 486.
We look forward to seeing you.If you can't come but would like your baby's name read out during the ceremony then please let us know.
**Please note that St Mary’s Old Church is located near to Clissold House in the corner of Clissold Park.
Bedfordshire Sands is holding it's annual Christmas Service on Sunday 14th December in Stewartby Church Hall at 4pm.
Anyone who has previously attended or who would like to attend is welcome however due to a shortage of space we would ask if you could contact us if at all possible beforehand.
Please call 07900 106543 or email triscamp(at)hotmail.com
Milton Keynes Sands
Milton Keynes Sands is holding a service Devotion - untold lives a time to remember all the babies who have died and celebrate their precious lives.
Thursday December 11th at 7.30 pm in St Peter & St Paul's Church, Newport Pagnell.
There will be music by String Quartet, poems , prayers and candles. Followed by refreshments.
For further info call 07799 076710 or email mksands(at)btinternet.com
Derby Sands are working with other child bereavement charities to organise our annual Christmas Rose Service on Sunday 7th December 2008, at 3.00 pm.
The service is at the Central United Reformed Church, Derby. The entrance is in Becketwell Lane behind the old Debenhams.
During the service candles are lit for each child and a star hung on our Christmas tree, and there will be an opportunity to mention the child(ren) you are remembering and to share poems & pictures.
This service is for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, for ALL those affected by the death of a child, however young or old they were, from first beginnings to adulthood.
We would love to see you there.
For further information please contact: Kate – 01335 345217
Birmingham Sands AGM
You are invited to Birmingham Sands AGM on Tuesday 25th November 2008. It is to be held at Edwards Trust, 43A Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 1TS. All are welcome from 7.45pm and the meeting will start at 8pm.
The evening includes a talk from trustee Sheryl McMahon. For further information please ring 07709 425001
Tunbridge Wells Sands
Tunbridge Wells Sands are holding their 2nd Christmas Fair at The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 13th November from 7.30-9.30pm.
It will be a great night with lots of fabulous stalls, so come and get started on your Christmas shopping and support a great cause. We would love to see you there.
Gwynedd Sands 2008 Remembrance Service
The Annual Gwynedd Sands Remembrance Service will be held at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital's Chaplaincy Centre on Saturday 8th November at 2pm
The service will be bilingual (in Welsh and English) and during the service a flower will be placed on the altar for each baby whose name is read out. Names of babies will be taken before the service but please ensure that you arrive a little earlier to ensure that all names are included. The Infant Memorial Books will also be open for viewing, should you wish to have your baby's name included in these memorial books, a form will be available at the service. Light refreshments will be served after the service.
Anyone who wishes for their baby's name to be included in the service or in the memorial book, whether they plan to attend the service or not, please contact Llinos Eames Jones on 01286 675998 or log onto www.gwyneddsands.co.uk
Milton Keynes Sands - ‘Wave of Light’ event
Members of Milton Keynes Sands will be in attendance at the ‘Wave of Light’ event organised by their local hospital trust on Wednesday 15th October at 6.30pm in the Hospital Chapel, Milton Keynes.
Please contact Rev’d Carole Hough, Chaplain on 01908 243700 for further information
Wrexham & Clwyd Sands - Annual Remembrance Service
North Wales NHS Trust and Wrexham & Clwyd Sands are holding their Annual Remembrance service on Sunday 12th October in St Giles Parish Church Wrexham at 3pm
For further information contact Stan - stan.walker(at)new-tr.wales.nhs.uk
Bristol Sands Wave of Light Service
Bristol Sands invite you to join them at their Wave of Light Service on Sunday 12th October.
This is a service aims to include everyone from all walks of life and religious or non religious backgrounds. During the service there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of your baby or babies as well as a mention of each baby by name.
It is to be held at Bristol Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Alveston, Bristol.
Refreshments are served at 5pm and the service begins at 6pm
If you would like more information please contact waveoflight(at)bristolsands.org
Birmingham Sands - Flowers of Remembrance event
As part of Baby Loss Awareness week Birmingham Sands are holding their Flowers of Remembrance event at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, B12 9QH on 11th October from 1.00 - 2.00pm. It's anticipated the flowers will be placed on the lake around 1.30pm
There will be free flowers to lay on the lake and tealights will be also be available.
Everyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy and shortly after birth are very welcome
Cardiff Sands are organising a family Sands Day on 21st June 2008. It is to be held at The Norwegian Church, Cardif Bay. There will be a balloon release, table top sale, raffle and face painting.
For further details please contact 07770 604918
East Berkshire Sands Remembrance Service
This service, to remember our babies, will be held on Sunday 8th June 2008 at 3pm. The venue is St Mary's Church, Wexham Park Lane, Slough.
For further details please contact 01628 559310 or eastberkssands(at)aol.com
Scottish Network Day
The annual Scottish Regional Day is being held on 17th May 2008 at the Fairfield House Hotel, Ayr. It is an opportunity for all Scottish groups and individual contacts to get together and exchange ideas and experiences about running a group, supporting bereaved famlies, contact with health care professionls etc.
This year it is being hosted by Ayrshire Sands. For further details please see www.ayrshiresands.co.uk/events.htm
If you would like to attend the day please contact Ayrshire Sands on 01563 825402 or email support(at)ayrshiresands.co.uk
Birmingham Sands Quiz Evening
Birmingham Sands are holding a quiz evening at Maxims Function Room, Kingstanding Rd, Birmingham on Saturday 26th April. Teams of 4-6 people (excluding children) at a cost of £4 per adult and £1 per child. There will be bar snacks, a raffle and a disco afterwards. Starts at 7pm prompt so please be there by 6.30pm.
For tickets or more information please ring 07709 425001 or email birminghamsands(at)btinternet.com
Baby Memorial Service
To be held on Sunday April 6th 2008 at 11.30am at Chester Cathedral. It is a sensitive service organised by Chester and North Wales Miscarriage Support Group to remember all babies who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, foetal abnormality, cot death or other cause. There will be a creche available and refreshments served afterwards.
For more information please contact Karen on 01244 811473
A Service for Babies and Children who have Died
To be held on Sunday 20th January 2008 by The Community Church Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. This is a service to bring reassaurance, rest, peace and healing of pain and grief. The venue is Victory Hall, 76 Chester Road.
For more details please phone 0121 7476755
Dumfries Sands invite you to join them at a service to gently celebrate the lives of our babies who have died. To be held on 19th December 2007 at Troqueer Church at 7.30pm. For more information please contact Alison on 07864 709228
Christmas Service of Remembrance
Organised by Birmingham Sands, in memory of all our Babies who died at or around the time of their birth Saturday 1st December 2007 at 11am
Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AA
This year we invite you to bring along a tree decoration in memory of your baby to hang on the Christmas tree during the service. This could be a decorated card or bauble with your babies name(s) on or whatever is right for you. There will also be star cards available at the service. Friends and family are also warmly invited. Cakes and drinks after in the Cedar Room. Car parking in the Grace Church Centre Car Park.
For further details please contact Lisa or Dawn on 07709 425001
Regional Launch of Professional Guidelines
On Tuesday 27th November 2007 Bristol Sands have organised a Regional Launch of the new 'Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby - Guidelines for Professionals'. It will be held at The Bridge Suite in Southmead Hospital from 1pm to 4pm. The key speaker will be one of the authors, Judith Schott, and there will be a panel, including members of Bristol Sands, to answer questions.
There is no charge for attendance and to reserve a place please contact Chris Davies, Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Southmead Hospital, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB. Telephone number 0117 342 0610
Annual Memorial Service
Organised by Gwynedd Sands, the Annual Babies Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 10th November 2007 at 2pm at Ysbyty Gwynedd Chaplinacy Centre, Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, North Wales
There will also be an opportunity to view the Baby Memorial books held
in the Hospital Chaplinacy Centre, and for parents to have their baby’s
name read out during the service.
For further details please ring 07884 158429