Bereaved mother Gemma Earnshaw I’Anson, is one of a group of local parents on a mission to provide support to fellow bereaved parents.

Working with Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Gemma and other bereaved parents have recently launched the Scarborough & District Sands Group offering people who live locally, and who have been affected by the death of a baby, support.   

The new Group hopes that parents and families from Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington, Malton & the surrounding villages will find great benefit from the new support.

Gemma Earnshaw I’Anson, Chair of Scarborough & District Sands, said:

“Every person’s experience is different, a baby may have died long recently or some time ago, but we know how devastating the death of a baby can be, having gone through a loss ourselves.

“We officially launched about 4 months ago and things have been going well. We hope as a group to hold future support meetings and to fundraise to support our local hospitals and Sands to help promote research to reduce the loss of babies' lives.”

If you wish to contact Scarborough and District Sands their helpline is 07496139495 or you can email

The support Group also has a Facebook page: