I first came across Sands shortly after my daughter died in 2012. I was sat in the cemetery, on maternity leave, but with no baby to care for. All my friends and family were at work and I had no-one to turn to. I called the helpline out of desperation and this was the best phone call I have ever made. The woman on the helpline made me realise what I was feeling was normal and I wasn’t alone.
Since then, with help, I have raised over £20k in Imogen’s memory and have been part of the driving force behind re-launching Stockport Sands. I love my role as a volunteer and knowing I have played a part in improving bereavement care in the local area. Imogen would be so proud of everything the committee has achieved in such a short space of time.
Sheryl McMahon, North West Network Coordinator said: “Natalie has been Chair of Stockport Sands for just over a year and her passion for helping others is very clear. She is a very supportive Chair and Befriender and has done lots of wonderful fundraising for Sands in memory of her daughter Imogen. She is very sensitive to the needs of bereaved families and is passionate about the support the group provide. Bringing everyone together is a strength of Natalie’s and she carries out her roles with care and compassion.”
Natalie has been nominated as part of 40 volunteers for #Sands40. Join them at Sands 40th Anniversary Conference on 17th November 2018 in Glasgow.
Sands is marking its 40th anniversary this year and we would like to say thank you for the incredible support and contribution that our dedicated volunteers make across the UK to support bereaved parents and anyone affected by the death of a baby.
We will be hosting an awards ceremony during the Sands 40th Anniversary Conference to celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in Sands and acknowledge 40 volunteers for their dedication and commitment.