Archive for November 2013

Dumfries and Galloway Sands Christmas Service 

Our Christmas Service will be on Thursday 19th December and will once again be held in the beautiful Crichton Royal Church.


Our Christmas service this year is at the Crichton church on Wednesday 15th December at 7pm.There will be two services this year, the first will be a family service starting at 6.15pm.  Families with young children are invited to come along to this child friendly service to gently remember their baby.  We will hear carols from the children of Laurieknowe school choir and be invited to light a candle before writing a message or colouring in a decoration to hang on the beautiful Christmas tree. Children attending this service will receive a special gift on leaving.


A second service will take place at 7.00pm. This time we will hear songs from Dumfries Male voice choir. We will also hear some touching poems and readings and of course be invited to light a candle before hanging our messages on the tree.


Christmas is a special time of year but can be a particularly difficult for those who have suffered the loss of a baby.  Please come along to either of our services and join with others who know exactly how you feel. 


Please join us for tea/coffee and shortbread after the service.

Pedal Scotland – Team DG Sands Update

We did it! We all completed the 47 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh for Pedal Scotland. I think if you had asked the majority of us a year ago if we thought we could do it you would have had a lot of negative responses. We were all extremely committed though, and after a summer of training the 47 miles were conquered!

bikesIt was a fantastic day right from the early 5am start! We all met in the car park at police HQ in Dumfries where the vans (loaded with our bikes the night before) were waiting for us. We set off at 6am in order to make our start time of 8.30am. We met again at Glasgow Green for a photo before making our way to the start. It was amazing to see so many people on bikes in one place. We did manage to set off as a team but very quickly split up into smaller teams of riders of the same ability. The weather was perfect for cycling. Dark clouds threatened at times but it never did rain. There were people of all abilities riding and we even saw a man on a uni-cycle! There were plenty of food and water stops along the way and everyone was so friendly and kind with several unexpected donations being picked up en route.

Cycling across the finish line at Murrayfield was a fantastic experience and we were all on a high when we all met up again outside. The journey home was made extra special with a wee glass of fizz as a way of celebration (drivers didn’t partake!).

We have smashed our fundraising target of £1000 – watch this space for the final total.

We couldn’t have done it without the support and dedication of lots of people though. Leanne & Mike Carberry, Maurice Carberry, David Hall, Graham Anderson, Arnold Clark, Stan Dacre, Sylvia Little and the rest of the riders in team D&G Sands. It was a fantastic achievement everyone, thank you. To all our friends, families’ and supporters thank you for your donations.

Roll on next year!

3 Peaks Challenge

Midwives, Fiona Dodds and Jenny Walker set themselves the challenge of climbing 3 peaks in one day. On Saturday 7th September they set off. The weather couldn’t have been worse. It rained continuously but that didn’t stop Fiona and Jenny and they managed to climb Criffel, Screel and Lotus Hill, before tea time!

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Fiona and Jenny managed to raise a fantastic £707.19 for D & G Sands.


Our photo shows Jenny and Fiona handing over the cheque to Susan and Alison at the Sands Grand Ball.


Thank you and well done girls – a fantastic achievement!


Mr and Mrs Fundraiser

imageThe kind hearted Auldgirth fundraising committee held a Mr and Mrs quiz at the Auldgirth Inn on Sunday 29 September. The event involving 5 local couples raised the amazing total of £1700.40.

Thanks to Grace Little and her team for thinking about our charity and organising the event.

Sands Ball

Our 2nd Grand Ball was held in September at Easterbrook Hall. There was a lot to live up to after the phenomenal success of our 1st ball in 2011. We managed to sell 300 tickets through word of mouth with the help of our many friends, family and Sands supporters. We were fortunate to have the help of Jenna Laidlaw, event planner again, who managed to source some fantastic auction prizes, organize the band and the décor of the room.

We showed a short film of Margaret an elderly lady who lost her baby girl in 1947, who we helped create a memorial garden in Kircudbright cemetery for. The film demonstrates that you never forget regardless of how long ago, Margaret’s story is very moving.

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We then enjoyed a delicious 3 course dinner, beautifully prepared and served by the excellent staff of Easterbrook Hall. Then we held our grand auction, hosted by Robin Anderson auctioneer at Castle Douglas Marts, who was excellent at making people bid higher. We had the excellent “Not Guilty” playing and the dance floor was packed all night. The raffle was full of kindly donated prizes from family, friends and many local businesses.

Amanda Trotter provided a photography studio in The Gilchrist rooms where guests could have portraits done with friends and family, and many took the opportunity to be photographed in their finery.

We were not disappointed and were blown away by the success of the evening again. The feedback from guests has been so positive and again has far exceeded our expectations. The sum raised was £10 000 which will be used to provide care and support to parents in Dumfries & Galloway who have suffered the tragedy of Stillbirth or neonatal death. Susan, Dee and I are so grateful to everyone who helped us raise awareness of this tragedy and for the amazing amount raised at our ball, thank you everyone.

Alison– chair D&G Sands

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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