Archive for November 2012

2012 AGM Report

The Queensferry Hotel was an ideal location for this year’s AGM and Members’ Conference with the theme of Building Bridges as it has dramatic views of the bridges over the Forth.  Everyone was greeted at the hotel entrance by the piper then Jenny Callaghan – Chair, Fife SANDS welcomed everyone.  Kate Anker – Chair, Sands Board of Trustees lead the business of the AGM and Neal Long – Chief Executive spoke of the growth of Sands over the last year.


Dr Alan Mathers: Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS updated all assembled about the progress of the Scottish Stillbirth Group.  Ann McMurray: Sands Scotland Coordinator then spoke about her position creating bridges to link the Scottish groups.  This was followed by Robert Gassner of Fife Sands giving a very emotional account of his personal story.


Jenny and Clare shared the successes of Fife Sands.  Ashley Morgan – Head of Finance and Fundraising spoke about her position within Sands and discussed the improvements in getting money back to the groups as well as changes to the online shop.  Steven Guy-Sands Northern Ireland Coordinator encouraged everyone to consider facilitating the extremely worthwhile and wide reaching training for health professionals.  Our very own Alison Hall then shared her positive experiences of dealing with the media.


Everyone was then entertained by a Scottish Country Dancer and enjoyed a gift of shortbread.


Well done to Fife Sands for organising the day.

2012 Christmas Service


Dumfries and Galloway Sands warmly invite you, your family and friends to our annual Christmas Service.


Crichton Royal ChurchThursday 20th December 20127.00pm

Christmas, a time of family and friends, can be a difficult time if you have suffered the loss of a baby. We invite you to come along and join with others in remembering your baby at this special time of year. You will be invited to light a candle and place a special message to your baby on the beautiful Christmas tree.


  Tea, coffee and home-made shortbread will be available after the service.
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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