Thanks to your incredible fundraising efforts, a number of our projects have reached their fundraising target!
These projects are now in progress, and we will be keeping you posted on social media and via our news section with how they are progressing in the coming months!
Thank you once again to all our supporters for their generous donations. We can't do this without you. YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
Bristol Sands Arnos Vale Project
Arnos Vale Cemetery is a Victorian cemetery in Bristol, and is undergoing significant restoration after being left derelict for many years. The cemetery has a stillbirth section but sadly graves remain unmarked. While many of the babies have been buried a very long time ago, some babies were still buried there as late as the 1970s. Their parents and families do not have a space to visit, nor a place to reflect.
Bristol Sands are supporting this restoration and wish to improve the stillbirth section by erecting a stone marker or monument in memory of all babies buried there. This will create a calm, respectful space for long ago bereaved parents to remember their babies in peace, offering much needed bereavement support.
Bristol Sands @BristolSands have unveiled a cemetery memorial which will remember babies that have died.
Sands’ patron and co-founder, Bel Mooney, unveiled the stone at Arno's Vale Cemetery
— Sands (@SandsUK) April 16, 2019
St Mary’s Hospital Isle of Wight Sands
St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight is the only hospital on the island. We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated bereavement room there. Families use this room to give birth and spend time with their baby afterwards, providing a calm, safe environment. Now, the room needs some gentle care and refurbishment itself. Isle of Wight Sands is supporting this refurbishment and wish to purchase some key items to make the stay of any family in this bereavement room as comfortable as possible. This will include a new double rather than single bed, nice bedding, appropriate and comfortable furniture, a new radio, toiletries and a discrete sign for the door. The area outside the room will benefit from a screen for added privacy when in use.
Aberdeen Sands Baird Family Hospital Bereavement Suite Project
The Baird Family Hospital is a planned new hospital in Aberdeen, for the Grampian area, which will include Maternity, Infertility, Neonatal, Breast Screening and Surgery.
Aberdeen Sands have been involved in ensuring that bereaved parents are cared for in the Rubislaw Ward in the current hospital. To support bereaved parents in future we have been involved in the planning and designing of a new bereavement suite, to make it as comfortable and appropriate as possible for those facing the loss of a baby.
The bereavement suite will be a separate part of the maternity ward, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, sound proofed, and with direct access to the car park. It will have two en suite rooms, a separate family room, and a multipurpose room also required for clinical reasons. Losses from 16 weeks gestation and onwards will be cared for in this new suite.
York Sands - York Hospital Bereavement Suite Project
In recent years York Sands has been actively fundraising with support from the local community to raise funds towards a new bespoke bereavement suite. This is to replace the existing facilities at York Hospital.
The new suite is needed to provide an area for bereaved families to spend time with their baby in a private and appropriate setting. The proposed new area will have facilities including an ensuite bathroom and will be situated away from the labour ward.
Whipps Cross University Hospital, Demeva Cold Cot
East London Sands fundraised to provide one of our local hospitals, Whipps Cross University Hospital, with a new Demeva Cold Cot.
The Demeva Cold Cot system cools baby and can be placed by a mother’s bedside, allowing families to stay with their baby before being moved to the mortuary and is in use in thousands of hospitals around the world.
The time spent with a baby after a stillbirth or neonatal death allows the family to form an important bond with their baby. A Cold Cot can help in preserving a baby while mothers recover from the delivery and prepare for the valuable moments spent with their child. Whether parents and relatives spend time changing a nappy, dressing the baby, taking photographs or simply staying close by, a Cold Cot will give the opportunity to keep their baby next to them and create memories of their time together, which in turn can help families to cope with their loss.