DG Sands Christmas Service

Our Christmas Service will be held on Thursday 14th December, at the Crichton Royal Church, Dumfries.

As in previous years, there will be two services. The first will be a family service starting at 6pm and lasting approximately half an hour. Families with young children are invited to come along to this family friendly service to gently remember their baby. We will hear carols from the children of Troqueer 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.

A second service will take place at 7.30pm. 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 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.

Tea/coffee and shortbread will be served after the second service.

Stranraer Christmas Service

For those in the west of the region, there is also a Christmas service being held on Thursday 14th December at 7.00pm in St John’s Church Stranraer.

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.
Collection From Much Loved Mum Eileen’s Funeral Raises £500 For DG Sands

Today (July 10th 2017) I had the privilege of meeting these 2 lovely sisters, Jackie & Emma.

They had a donation of £500 for D&G Sands, from the collection of their much loved Mum, Eileens’ funeral.

Eileen sadly had a stillborn son 41 years ago and didn’t get to spend any time or see her baby son. I was able to tell the girls of all the things we provide for Cresswell to allow parents to make memories and spend precious time with their baby, and their donation will go towards helping continue to provide items.

Thank you girls for thinking of Sands and carrying out your Mum’s wishes.

Young’s Seafood of Annan Raise £350

Susan, Lisa (and Matthew) were delighted to attend at Young’s Seafood in Port Street, Annan to receive a cheque for Dumfries and Galloway Sands for an amazing £350.

Christine McMath, the Healthy Working Lives rep, at Young’s said this:-

“We organised a screening at our local cinema to the showing of Grease the movie which was full of fun with some of the attendees dressing up. We had lots of fun singing and dancing along to the songs. Not only did we raise money for these two charities we had a very enjoyable afternoon.”

Huge thanks go to everyone at Young’s Seafood for thinking of our charity.

You can help David Hall raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/David-Hall69?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=David-Hall69&utm_campaign=pfp-email.   JustGiving sends your donation straight to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Dedication Ceremony – Glebe Cemetery Stranraer 

Alison and Susan travelled through to Stranraer on Tuesday to attend the dedication ceremony for the new baby sculpture and bench that Dumfries and Galloway Sands have had placed at the Glebe Cemetery in Stranraer.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and after a few words of welcome from Alison, the dedication ceremony took place, conducted by the Rev Ian McIlroy from The High Kirk of Stranraer.  Gill Deay, midwife, also said a few words and invited everyone back to the Clenoch for tea, coffee and some cake.

 

Our thanks go to John Brodie from the Council for assisting us in finding the perfect place for the bench and sculpture, to the builders from the Council who put them in place, to Lynda Burns baby sculpture artist, to the late Norrie for the beautiful bench, to Gill Deay, Midwife for organising everything and to Rev McIlroy for his lovely words on the day.

It was lovely to see the bench and baby sculpture in such a beautiful setting and it is hoped that bereaved parents will find the area a peaceful and beautiful place to remember their babies.

 

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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