Archive for May 2011

Sands and Grazia join forces to launch major stillbirth campaign

In the UK, 11 babies are stillborn every day. And shocking new research, published last month in The Lancet, found Britain is ranked second from bottom: 33 out of 35 countries in the developed world for stillbirth rates. Countries like Australia – which have invested heavily in research – have managed to bring their rates down. In the UK, they have remained the same for the past 10 years. This is simply not acceptable.


Which is why Grazia has today joined forces with Sands, to demand change.


We want the government to fund research to discover what is causing these babies to die, and to develop new ways of screening pregnancies to find out which babies are at risk of stillbirth… and save their lives before it is too late.



Now you can join the campaign to help, by signing our petition calling on the government to fund this desperately needed research. Click on the link to sign our petition

Cairn’s Barn Dance.

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Young Mum Shona Dalton and her friends have been very busy planning a barn dance in memory of her baby boy Cairn. Cairn was stillborn in 15th November 2010, leaving Shona and her daughter Chloe heartbroken.


Shona contacted D&G Sands for support soon after as she was touched to be told of the donation to Cresswell of the refrigerated cot she was able to use when Cairn was born. Also the memory box Shona received to place Cairns’ things in was donated by Sands.


Shona wanted to do something to say thank you to Sands for the support they have given to her. So that’s when the idea of the barn dance came to light, a committee was formed with all Shona’s friends and they set about organising the event. They have put a huge amount of work in to make it a big success and have had great support from family, friends and local businesses.


The big event is on Saturday the 21st May at Maulcastle Farm, Cummertrees . The girls have sold 300 tickets, a sell out. They have a disco, a raffle and have bought hundreds of sausages and burgers. They are hoping for dry weather but will be sure to have a great night regardless of the weather.

Since our funds are looking quite healthy at the moment the committee decided it would be a good idea to make a donation to the Scottish Network.  We decided to donate £500.  This money will be used to help new groups buy leaflets, attend training days etc.  It is quite difficult for new groups starting out to find the funds to purchase everything they need to get going.  We are more than happy to make this donation as it wasn’t that long ago that we were a new group ourselves.

This year the Scottish Network Day is being hosted by Aberdeen Sands.  The Network day is a chance for the various groups in Scotland to meet up, share ideas and also hear some interesting talks and personal stories.  Alison and Susan are heading to Aberdeen this year to represent Dumfries and Galloway Sands.

June is Sands Awareness month and it is hoped to mark this with a family day at Mabie Forest.  The day will comprise of a short walk ending with a balloon release and followed by a barbeque.  It is hoped that group members will come along with their families to this enjoyable but poignant day.  Date still to be confirmed.

We are very proud to announce that Dumfries and Galloway Sands has been nominated to receive a local NHS award for Volunteer Group of the Year.  Alison Hall, Chairperson, has been invited to represent the group and attend the Awards Ceremony at Easterbrook Hall on Friday 27th May.  It is an honour to be nominated and recognised for doing something that is so dear to our hearts.

After a special request from Cresswell we were delighted to be able to buy and hand over a brand new Cannon Digital Camera, Printer, Photographic paper and memory cards to Fiona Dodds at Cresswell.   Each time the camera is used staff will use a new memory card and then this will be given to the parents to keep after some initial photographs have been printed.  We hope that this new equipment will make it easier for staff to take and print these very precious and long to be treasured photographs.

We are delighted to say our big fundraiser for this year is our grand ball in September.


It promises to be a very extravagant affair with all proceeds going to the excellent work of D&G Sands. Pipe Major of Dumfries Police Pipe band will pipe in our patrons, where you will receive a complementary glass of Fizz and have your photograph professionally taken by Ewan Cannon photographic services. Dumfries & Galloway Life will also be there to cover the event.


There will be a three course dinner of local produce and a chance to buy some fine wine to have with your meal.


We are very lucky to get the expertise of West sound’s “TJ” as compere and auctioneer for the evening and local band “Not Guilty” are hoping to get everyone on their feet to dance.

 The House of Beauty Salon ( beauty and wedding make up in Dumfries) have donated a free spa day

We are having a raffle and auction to help raise funds. We need unique experiences and prizes for both so if you know anyone who would be willing to donate something please ask them to let us know.


We also have been very fortunate in that The People’s Project of Dumfries have been very generous towards us and donated £500 to the event. We can’t thank Mark Jardine enough for the kindness shown to our group.


Event planning by Jenna Laidlaw and Event Décor by N.N.E.S Wedding Ideas


To date we have sold 240 tickets, so you should move fast if you want to book a table. Tickets are £40 each for what promises to be a wonderful evening.


Tickets for the ball have now been printed and are ready for distribution.  Only a few left so if you would like a table at the Ball please get in touch

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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