Archive for June 2011

Scottish Network Day

This year the Scottish Network Day was held in Aberdeen on Saturday 21st May.  Alison Hall and Susan Dalgleish represented Dumfries and Galloway Sands and travelled up to Aberdeen on the Friday afternoon.


The event was held in Pittodrie Football Stadium and was very well attended with representatives from National Sands as well as most of the Scottish Groups and also some health professionals and other interested parties.


The day started off with a very emotional slide show which had been made by Robin and Jill Watt as a tribute to their daughter Murron who they lost in April 2008.  This was followed by the lighting of a candle and talk from Sonia Gow who told her story “Stillbirth and beyond: a Parent’s Perspective”.


After a short presentation on the work of National Sands from Neal Long, Chief Executive, National Sands, we broke for coffee.  During the coffee break we enjoyed some lovely homemade cupcakes and had a chance to meet and chat with some old and new friends from the various other groups.  Coffee was followed by a talk from Myra Kinnaird, Midwife.  Myra talked about her work within Rubislaw Ward in Aberdeen.



Before breaking for lunch we heard from Ann Chalmers, Chief Executive of the Child Bereavement Charity.  Ann spoke about meeting siblings needs and this proved, certainly for Alison and Susan, to be a very thought provoking and emotional talk.


After a lovely lunch we had an insight into Fertility Services in Aberdeen from Sandra Cant, Fertility Specialist Midwife from Aberdeen, followed by a talk from Sue Hale, Group Services Manager, National Sands.  Sue gave an interesting talk about the future of Sands in Scotland and in particular the creation of the new post of Scottish Co-ordinator.


The afternoon coffee break was followed by a question and answer session and summing up.  We then all gathered outside for the reading of a poem and dove release.


All in all it was a very interesting, informative and thoroughly enjoyable (and emotional) day.  A great chance to meet and share ideas with other groups.


We look forward to attending next years Scottish Network Day.





Cairn’s Charity Barndance

Shona Dalton and her daughter Chloe, along with friends and family, organised a phenomenally successful charity barndance in memory of her son, Chloe’s brother, Cairn.


The weather could not dampen the spirits of the 300 ticket holders who turned out to support Shona and to remember Cairn.  Shona and her friends (easily identified in their purple hoodies) had sourced a huge number of fantastic prizes for the raffle including a 32” TV.  Everyone dug deep and bought lots of raffle tickets and many were rewarded with a prize.  The wind blew and the rain battered the barn but the packed dance floor remained dry.   The revellers enjoyed listening to local band Back2Back and Hughie’s disco while eating food fresh from the barbecue and drinking refreshments from the well-stocked bar.


Shona and her band of helpers had transformed the interior of a cattle shed into a clean and beautifully decorated function suite complete with dance floor, stage, toilets, bar, chairs and tables decorated with purple table covers and purple balloons and a catering area with barbecue.  Whoever had the task of weather proofing had a challenge on their hands but they coped tremendously well.  Money was raised through ticket sales, raffle and donations.


Thanks to the generosity of all who attended, Shona was able to present the amazing sum of £6388.26 to Dumfries and Galloway Sands in memory of her ‘sleeping angel’ Cairn.

Balloon Release & BBQ Sunday 3rd July 2011

Dumfries and Galloway Sands invite you and your family along to our balloon release and BBQ at Mabie Forest on Sunday 3rd July.

We will meet at the car park at 11am and then head off on the mile walk. Towards the end of the walk we will cut through the field and this is where you will able to release a balloon in memory of your baby.

After the balloon release there will be a barbecue. We hope you can come along and enjoy this enjoyable and poignant day.

Remember to bring your own sausages etc..!

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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