Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference
Past, Present and Future

17th November 2018, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow

Register your participation here

We're excited to announce that Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference and the Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 from 9.00am to 4.30pm at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Cambridge Street, Glasgow G2 3HN) and we would very much like you to join us.

Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference is aimed at trustees, members, staff, volunteers, befrienders, bereaved parents, supporters and donors and seeks to provide an opportunity for the whole organisation to come together, celebrate what has been achieved by Sands over the last 40 years and commit to what more needs to be done to make our vision a reality.

The theme of the Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference is Past, Present and Future to reflect the achievements of everyone who has worked with us over years to support bereaved parents and reduce the baby death rate in the UK. As part of the conference, we’d like to acknowledge and share key milestones in Sands history and celebrate a shared commitment to the vision and values of Sands, with a focus on how we can work together to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, improve bereavement care and fund research to reduce the number of babies dying.

Why attend?

  • Discover key achievements of Sands over the last 40 years and the difference these have made to all those affected by the death of a baby
  • Learn more about Sands strategy 2017-2020: next steps and how these will help the charity achieve its overall aims
  • Take key learning from two workshops and use this to inform and improve the work of Sands

What to expect on the day?

Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference offers keynote speeches from our two Sands Co-Founders - Bel Mooney and Hazelanne Lewis, as well as networking opportunities amongst members, volunteers, befrienders, fundraisers, bereaved parents and staff and two sets of workshops on a variety of topics* such as: 

  • The death of your baby – is it possible to find a ‘new normal’?"
  • Fundraising – sharing good practice
  • Working with your local hospital – sharing good practice
  • Raising awareness – sharing good practice
  • Volunteering – what it is like to volunteer and what are the opportunities?
  • Theories of grief and bereavement
  • An update on the National Bereavement Care Pathway
  • The Sands’ Research Fund Projects
  • What research tells us about the possible risk factors for stillbirth and neonatal death
  • PARENTS2 – research on parents and bereavement care
  • Each Baby Counts – involving parents in reviews
*Please note that workshop topics are subject to change. 

#Sands40 Volunteers Awards Ceremony

In our 40th year, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in Sands. As one of the highlights of this year's conference, Sands Volunteer Awards ceremony will be hosted as part of Spotlight on Sands to recognise 40 amazing volunteers and champions, who have been nominated by their peers, colleagues, members, staff and bereaved parents for the incredible support and contribution they make across the UK to support bereaved parents and anyone affected by the death of a baby.

If you would like to nominate a volunteer, please email

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be hosted for an hour ahead of the conference and will provide Sands members with an opportunity to hear an update from the Board of Trustees on activities and progress made during the past year.

Friday Evening Reception

For those of you travelling to Glasgow on the Friday and staying overnight, the Trustees would also like to invite you to an informal reception on Friday 16th November from 6.30pm to 8pm in the Library at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. This is an ideal opportunity to meet other members, trustees and staff, so we do hope you will be able to join us.

We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming you to Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference and AGM.

How to register?

To book your place at the Sands 40th Anniversary Conference, please click here.

For a paper version of the booking form, please click here and return the completed form to or post to Sands, Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB by 31 September 2018.

Notices of the AGM will be issued to members in due course and, to receive your notice in good time, you should ensure your membership is up to date by 31 September 2018.

Funding Available

There is some funding available for those who need support with travel, with priority given to members and supporters.

If you would like further information on how Sands can help fund your attendance, please email or telephone 0203 897 3428.

As Sands has limited resources, priority will be given to Sands’ members and supporters and there may be a waiting list for sponsorship to attend. Any requests for support to attend the conference will be discussed with you in strictest confidence.

Please note Group delegates should submit their expenses claim, duly approved by the Chair/Treasurer.

Draft agenda

08:15 – 08:50 Registration and Refreshments

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome, Introduction & Candle Lighting

09:05 – 10:00 AGM

Sands’ 40th Anniversary Conference

10:15 – 10:30 Introduction – Sands: past, present and future

10:30 – 11:20 Keynote Speakers

11.20 – 11.40 Break

11:40 – 12:40 Workshops 1

12:40 – 13:00 Remembering parents’ experiences

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Workshops 2

15:00 – 15:55  Spotlight on Sands and Volunteer Awards

15:55 – 16:10 Tea/Coffee break

16.10 – 16.25 Q and A

16:25 – 16:30 Final summary and close

*Please note that workshop topics and agenda are subject to change. 

Travel and accommodation

To book your accommodation, please follow one of the links below:

How to get there?

For directions to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, click here

From Glasgow Airport by car:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central is just 15 minutes from Glasgow International Airport by car. Get on to the M8 from junction 28. At junction 18 exit towards Anderston/Charing Cross/City Centre. Turn left on to Pitt Street and the right onto West George Street. Take the second left onto Blysthwood Square and continue straight onto Douglas Street, taking a right onto Sauchiehall Street. From there, take the first left and then the next right onto Renfrew Street. Finally turn left onto Cambridge Street and the hotel will be on your right. The car park is situated at the rear of the hotel.

From Glasgow Airport by bus:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central is a 30 minute commute from Glasgow International Airport. From the terminal building, go to stance 1. From stance 1 take the 500 Glasgow shuttle bus towards Glasgow City Centre – these buses depart every 10 minutes and take approximately 15 minutes to get into the city centre. End your journey at Buchanan Street Bus Station and turn right onto Renfrew Street. Walk straight for 7 minutes and the hotel will be on your right.

From Glasgow Central Train Station:

Glasgow Central Train Station is 0.5 miles from the hotel. From the train station, take a right onto Hope Street and walk straight until you reach Renfrew Street. Take a left onto Renfrew Street and then turn right onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right. There is a taxi rank outside of Glasgow Central station and a short taxi ride will cost you approximately £4.50.

From the city centre by car:

You can reach our hotel in just 5 minutes by car from Glasgow city centre. Drive down Sauchiehall Street turning right onto Newtown Street. Turn left onto Elmbank Crescent and then left again onto Elmbank Street. Turn right onto Sauchiehall Street and then left onto Rose Street. Take the first right turn onto Renfrew Street and then the first left onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right.

From the city centre by foot:

Visitors can reach the hotel from Sauchiehall Street in just 10 minutes by foot. Walk straight down Sauchiehall Street towards Cambridge Street and turn left onto Cambridge Street and the hotel will be located on your right.

From Glasgow Queen Street Train Station:

Glasgow Queen Street Station is 0.5 miles from the hotel. From the station, walk north on Dundas Street towards Bath Street. Take a left onto Bath Street then turn right onto Buchanan Street. Continue onto Sauchiehall Street, taking a right onto Cambridge Street. The hotel will be on your right. There is a taxi rank outside Glasgow Queen Street station and a short taxi ride will cost you approximately £4.50.

From Glasgow Airport by taxi:

A taxi from the hotel to the airport costs around £25.