June is Sands Awareness Month, when we all work hard to increase awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death and the everlasting impact experienced when a precious baby dies during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards.  While many more people are aware of the pain of baby loss because of the work of Sands and others, many people still have no idea and it remains a taboo subject.  More recently we’ve all made a lot of progress in breaking the silence, but there is a long way to go. This is a chance for us all to do our bit, no matter how small, to make people listen; to highlight the fact that over 100 babies will die each week during the month of June and to raise vital funds so that Sands can continue to support, research, and improve. 

This year will see the launch of our Walk a Mile in My Shoes event, as well as continuing with the Sands orange themed events including our Orange Fridays and Orange Challenge Events, Trek The Beacons (25km, 50km, 75km or 100km distances) on 4-5th June in the Brecon Beacons and Bake4Sands.

If you're planning a fundraising event for Sands Awareness Month, be sure to check out our campaign page on Just Giving.

Sands Awareness month 2016 also saw Sands launch its research fund to spearhead vital projects as well as other new initiatives that will help us speak out and call for improvements that will save more babies’ lives in future.

During June you might also want to attend the annual Sands Remembrance service and Garden Open Day held each June at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire which will be held on Saturday 10th June.

Download our Sands Awareness Month fundraising ideas poster.

Sands’ Walk a Mile in My Shoes walk is your time to walk, share, remember and celebrate someone special

Sands’ Walk a Mile in My Shoes walk is a very special walk, and a unique way to raise vital funds and awareness for Sands this June.  Whether individually, or with a group of family, friends or colleagues, by organising and taking part in a Walk a Mile in My Shoes event, the money you raise will help Sands to continue to meet the growing need for our bereavement support services, improve bereavement care throughout the UK; and fund research that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives. Together we can really make a difference.  Register your interest now!

Download the Walk a Mile in My Shoes pack.

Bake 4 Sands

Register with our Fundraising Team for our Bake4Sands pack and continue an orange theme right the way through to your cake sale by baking carrot cake or chocolate orange crispy cakes!

Have an 'Orange' Dress-Down Day

Charge £2 to wear orange for the day in your office, school or nursery. Why not have a prize for the best dressed or most inspirational use of orange!

Orange Challenge Event

Get friends and family to sponsor you to sit in a bath of baked beans or orange juice! Wear something orange every day during June. Or why not invite friends round for an ‘orange’ inspired dinner that could use foods like apricots, butternut squash, carrots, clementines, oranges, pumpkin, smoked salmon, sweet potatoes or orange sorbet.

Raise Awareness, Raise Funds

Inspire friends to join in by sharing your orange selfie and asking them to do the same – COMING SOON!! download our Text2Donate selfie sign. 

Turn Facebook and Twitter Orange this June

Update your Facebook or Twitter profile pictures and Facebook cover photo with Sands orange for the duration of June to raise awareness. Ask your friends and followers to do the same and help us Turn the internet orange! 

Other events happening during Awareness Month include the Great East Swim and the Edinburgh Night Cycle. Interested in taking part in one of these events – or looking for OTHER fun ways to raise funds and awareness for Sands this June? Get in touch with a member of our Fundraising team today so we can help support your fundraising - t: 0845 652 0448 e: fundraising@uk-sands.org.