Bereaved parents and their families are being invited to Sands’ annual Garden Day and Remembrance Event on Saturday 2 June at 2pm.  

The event will offer anyone affected by the death of a baby the opportunity to meet with other bereaved parents in a peaceful atmosphere.

A service of poem readings and music will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR in the Sands marquee within the Arboretum, and it will be followed by a short dedication in the Sands garden.  

Families will be invited to write their baby’s name or a short message on a pebble that will be provided on the day. The pebbles can then be placed at the side of the path that leads into the garden.

For anyone unable to attend this year's event can leave a message on our virtual Memory Tree.

The Sands Garden is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died. At the heart of the garden is a Portland stone sculpture of a baby, created by the respected sculptor John Roberts.

Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands, said: “The death of a baby can have a devastating impact on parents and their families. I’d like to invite you to join us at the Sands Garden event whether you are recently or long ago bereaved. The welcoming atmosphere and tranquillity of the National Memorial Arboretum provides the perfect setting to remember your baby.”

A red rose will be presented to everyone who attends the event which can either be placed in the garden or taken home to keep. The ruby red roses commemorate the 40th anniversary of Sands.

Sands’ 40th anniversary recognises the support of volunteers, befrienders, fundraisers, professionals (including midwives), members, trustees and donors for their contributions towards supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, improving bereavement care and advancing research to reduce the number of babies dying.

Entry to the Sands Garden Day and Remembrance Event is free and advance booking is not required. 

For further information call 020 3897 3469 or email: info@sands.org.uk. Visit: www.thenma.org.uk