Archive for October 2017

We are so pleased to have a new befriender to add to our team, introducing Frances Doherty who has been successful in her befriender training in Edinburgh in September. Fran lives in Kirkinner, Newton Stewart with husband Roger and baby girl Georgie. Fran and Roger became involved in D&G Sands following the death of their baby boy Charlie in October 2014.     Sands befrienders are available to meet up with parents or family members when you feel you need someone to talk to who knows exactly how you feel and can offer emotional support following the death of a baby. They also run the local support meetings.

Another proud moment for D&G Sands. We are so pleased to significantly support bereavement services within the Women and Children’s Health Department at the new D&GRI. It’s thanks to the fantastic fundraising in D&G that has allowed us to do this.

We handed over two cheques for £8,000 each to Phil Jones, Chairman of NHS D&G to support the provision of Bereavement facilities and the development and upkeep of the Sands Memorial Garden sited within the Women and Children’s unit.

Today (20th October 2017) marked the culmination of the work carried out at St. Michaels. We were delighted so many people could join us to celebrate this achievement, and that Fiona Armstrong Lord Lieutenant of Dumfriesshire graciously attended. Spiritual lead for NHS D&G Dawn Allan performed a fitting blessing and piper Danny Clarke played two beautiful and appropriately moving tunes.  We hope the two areas will provide comfort to families and give babies’ the fitting tribute they deserve.   #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   The work was done by two local artists, Max Nowell, who did the sandstone work, and Adam Booth who created the galvanised butterflies. Border Signs & Graphics created the bespoke bench under the tree. The overall design was created by us with the professional guidance of Fiona Robertson, Landscape Gardener. The area will be maintained by D&G Sands with the help of Mr. A Robison, gardener. Parents can have a plaque with their babies’ name placed on sandstone around the border, this can be arranged through D&G Council, cost of approximately £100.   The work carried out was made possible by over £35 000 being raised locally. Thank to everyone who contributed to and supported this very important project.
Nineteen teams of 4 participated in excellent conditions. Some fantastic scores were posted, with 3rd place equal going to Digby’s Men with 119 and Dunlops 2nd team. Second place was Dunlops 1st team with 118 and winners were DB Allison Jnrs with 118.   Longest drive went to N. Mongomery, and nearest the pin was won by M. Cowie.   We are so grateful to the Galloway Golf Club, Oakbank Waste Management, Peter Allen (scorecards), raffle donations and to all who took part today where the amazing sum of £ 1 644 was raised to support bereaved families in D&G. See you all next year.”     #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */
We are hosting a small opening ceremony at the refurbished St. Michaels Cemetery on Friday the 20th October at 12.30pm.   #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   We have invited the Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong to give a small dedication. We would be delighted to invite bereaved parents to join us.
Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for the 29th November 2017 at 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 contact@dg-sands.org

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