Archive for October 2010

These audio clips were put out by West sound radio last week. The reporter was Vicky Murray who contacted Dumfries and Galloway SANDS after reading our article in the Standard. Read the rest of this entry »

Dumfries and Galloway SANDS were chosen as one of the good causes to benefit from the 2010 Women’s Run 4 Health organised by Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club. The 5km event took place at the Crichton on Sunday 27th June. The Easterbrook Hall provided each of the chosen charities with a stand to show our fundraising work. We were able to speak to members of the public about the cold cot we are raising funds to buy which will allow parents to spend longer with their baby.


Two of our group, Andrea and Dee, along with friends and supporters of SANDS and hundreds of other women (and children) took part to raise money for all of this year’s chosen charities. Each of us had paid our registration fee and many of us went on to collect sponsorship for the event.


We all enjoyed a warm up while the rain threatened but, despite dark clouds remaining over the 5km course, it remained dry. The course started and finished in the Crichton grounds. It followed roads and paths suitable for buggies but also featured a steep decline and climb.


There were many red faces and achy legs at the end including Andrea and Dee. Andrea was happy to finish in a respectable 46 minutes (part run, part walk) while Dee mainly walked so took a bit longer. Dumfries and Galloway SANDS received £2250 as their share of the money raised so thank you to everyone who took part and to Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary for thinking of us.


Dumfries SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) had Mother Nature smiling down on them on Saturday 2nd October.  A fundraising Fun Run was due to start at 11am and during registration at Dumfries Sports Club the heavens opened.  However, it dried up in time for the start and stayed dry until even the small children had completed the 3 mile fun run/walk.  The rain poured for the rest of the day so we were very lucky.

77men, women, children and even some dogs turned up to tackle the 3 miles any way they could.  The route followed the cycle path so it was flat enough for buggies and safe from traffic.  Some runners completed the route in impressive times while there was a lot of chatting amongst the walkers.  Children sat in buggies or rode bikes or scooters or even danced along with their friends.  A fun day was had by all.

A total of £432.85 was raised from registration fees and kind donations.  This will help towards our new office in the town centre.  The office gives us a base where we can meet with bereaved parents in privacy and comfort.

Special thanks to Margaret Gray and Stephen Mohan for their hard work in advertising and organising this Fun Run.  Thanks also to Dumfries Running Club for facilitating and advertising the event as well as taking part.  With thanks to Dumfries Sports Club for hosting the event and letting us use the facilities.  A huge thank you to all who turned up and took part (especially those who brought delicious baking) and made the Fun Run such a success.

Our newest venture is to create memory boxes for bereaved parents. They are given by hospital staff at the time of the birth. It also provides gentle suggestions and information on support. They contain items which may help the parents feel they are not alone at this very tragic time.

We are delighted to announce that we now have a wonderful new meeting room/office at Anderson Chambers, 34 Great King Street, Dumfries.


One white van, and a frantic shopping trip to IKEA later, the room is now beautifully furnished and ready for use.


The room will host our monthly support meetings, committee meetings and provide a place for us to take care of general admin tasks. More importantly, the room will also serve as an ideal place to meet with bereaved parents for the first time (no more trying to find a quiet corner in a busy hotel).


Having this room is obviously a significant financial commitment but we are convinced this investment will greatly enhance the level of support we provide.

Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for

  • 7th November: 7.30pm

and we welcome anyone touched by the death of a baby to join us.

The meeting will be held at our office at 107 Irish Street Dumfries.

Many people feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding of the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling and the support group meetings allow you to connect with other bereaved parents, grandparents and others who share your pain and loss.

The support group is an informal setting and is only attended by people who themselves have lost a baby or their families. You will not be pressured to speak and sometimes it’s nice just to simply come along and listen.

If anyone would like more information about these meetings or would like to express an interest in attending then please email [email protected]

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