Archive for February 2012

Debbie and Gordon Macdonald recently donated the amazing sum of £5500 and we are extremely grateful to them.  Gordon’s friends from the Normandy, Troqueer, had suggested holding a darts, dominoes and pool day in order to raise money in memory of their precious daughter Freya who was stillborn in October. 


The event was well attended and the winners of the darts, dominoes and pool were presented with trophies kindly sponsored by Keith Faulds Motor Engineers, Stuart Wilson Plumbing and Heating and the Macdonald family.  There was a huge raffle which boasted many prizes thanks to kind donations and a phenomenal number of tickets sold.  More cash was also raised through a silent auction and sponsored wax.  Everyone who attended was extremely generous in their donations.  Thanks to Bill Irmie of the Normandy for his support in providing the venue.



Debbie and Gordon hope to make it an annual event and the trophies would be issued each year.


The money raised is a huge boost to our funds and we are looking into spending some of the money on cold mats in order for parents to spend more time with their babies and maybe giving them the opportunity to take their babies home for a time.


Thank you to Debbie and Gordon and to all who supported them on the day as well as those who helped in organising the event.


Debbie and Gordon said ‘We would like to thank everyone who pulled together and made this such a success during such a sad time in our lives.’


Local businessman, Bill Johnstone hopes to lose a massive 9 stone in a year and has very kindly decided to donate money raised to Dumfries and Galloway Sands.


Bill had his first weigh in on 14th January and his start weight was 27 stone and 7lbs.  With the support of Weight Watchers, Bill has in only one month, managed to lose an amazing 17lbs! 


We would like to wish Bill every success and if you would like to sponsor Bill this can be done by emailing him at [email protected] or giving him a ring on 07932155544.



Bill is pictured with Christine from Weight Watchers at his first weigh-in.

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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