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2016 DG Sands Grand Fundraising Ball at Easterbrook Hall

Saturday 30th April saw the great and the good of Dumfries and Galloway (and further afield) put on their finery for our third grand fundraising ball at the beautiful Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. On arrival we were met by the stirring sound of the bagpipes of piper Callum Watson who piped everyone in. A glass of Prosecco awaited everyone in the Gilchrist room where people mingled for a chat before being invited through to the main hall. The room looked stunning. A Scottish theme of tartan, thistles and candles courtesy of Tantrum events from Dumfries.

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270 guests took their seats and were welcomed by our compère for the night, John Glover. John went on to introduce our chair Alison Hall who gave a short talk about the charity and what we have achieved recently and what we hope to achieve in the future. We then had two cheque presentations. Firstly an amazing £9,600 from Kirsty and Craig Bowie who organised Strictly for Sands in Thornhill which had taken place the weekend before the ball. Secondly a wonderful £500 from students from UWS who organised a band night at the Granary in aid of D & G Sands. A big thank you goes to everyone involved in both these events. John then introduced our guest of honour, Fiona Armstrong, newly appointed Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries and local TV presenter. Fiona introduced a short film which she had made about Dumfries And Galloway Sands for her Border Life programme. The film, about the work of our group, included a moving interview with Fran and Roger Doherty who were supported by Dumfries and Galloway Sands after the death of their baby boy Charlie.

We then enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal which was much enjoyed by everyone. After the meal local DJ Tommy Jardine hosted our live auction which, along with a silent auction and raffle, helped us raise an amazing £12,000 on the night. Local photographer Ewan Cannon was also on hand throughout the night taking photographs in his pop up studio in the Gilchrist Room. Pictures can be purchased from Ewan’s website –

We then danced the night away with the band Soul Train. The dance floor was never empty.

Huge thanks go to, John Glover, Tommy Jardine, Fiona Armstrong, Callum Watson, Ewan Cannon, Tantrum Events, Abby Burn from Purple Box Productions, Jenna and Eoin Laidlaw, Easterbrook Hall staff, Soul Train, everyone who very kindly donated the amazing prizes for our auctions and raffle and of course to the Sands committee and our friends and family for their support. It was an amazing night. Roll on 2018!

Strictly For Sands – Thornhill

Bereaved parents Kirsty and Craig Bowie wanted to do something in memory of their baby boy Josie who sadly died at birth in August 2001.

They decided to ask friends to take part in a “Strictly come Dancing” event at Wallace Hall, which was held over two nights and was a very entertaining event.

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Eleven couples participated and the event was a complete sell out. There was a tombola, raffle, auction and Irish bingo organised by a team of helpers.

The amount raised went way above expectations, an amazing £10, 000 was donated to Dumfries and Galloway Sands to continue their work in helping bereaved families following the tragedy of Stillbirth and neo natal death.

We would like to thank Kirsty, Craig and all the people who helped with organising the event, fabulous effort everyone.

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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