Welcome to the first edition of the Dumfries Sands Newsletter. The Newsletter will be produced 3 times a year to keep you up to date with what is going on in your local group.

Donations and Fundraising

Our bank balance is looking quite healthy at the moment. So far this year, we have received several donations.

 

Alison’s dad very kindly asked for donations to Dumfries Sands instead of presents for his 80th birthday. We also received a donation of £500 from a midwife who sadly lost her baby at the end of last year. Noblehill School, Dumfries and Galloway Police Control Room and midwives from Cresswell all decided to make donations to our group instead of sending Christmas cards. Dumfries Police have also donated £650 which was raised by raffling a bottle of whisky at their recent Burns Supper. £340 was received from the organisers of Dumfries Police Children’s Christmas party. This money was raised by making and selling Reindeer Food.

 

The Dumfries and Galloway Police Pipe Band will participate in a piping marathon in April (date still to be confirmed) and all proceeds from this will go to our group. The marathon will start in Kirkconnel and the band will visit various other towns and villages in the region throughout the day. We are looking for volunteers to travel with the band and rattle collection tins.

 

Alison is getting her running shoes on again and will be running a 10k in May in aid of Dumfries Sands. If anyone would like to sponsor Alison it would be much appreciated.

 

We are always looking for ways to raise funds so if anyone has any ideas please pass them on.

Donations to Cresswell

Andrea’s friend Mairi Smail has very kindly donated her Moses basket, complete with stand, to Cresswell. This replaces a basket Cresswell used, which didn’t have a stand. Mairi’s Moses basket is far more suitable for the quiet room. Alison has also sourced a small Moses basket for premature babies.

 

Cresswell have used a recent cash donation from our funds to buy a flat screen TV for the family room.

Bench

As most of you will already know, some of the money we have raised recently is being used to have a bench made. The bench is being made out of oak by a local man, Alan Carmichael, and will be built around a tree overlooking the baby memorial at St Michael’s Cemetery. The bench should be in place by spring time.

Future Plans

We are now focusing our fund raising efforts to buy a ‘cold cot’ for Cresswell. The cold cot will allow bereaved parents to spend more time with their baby. The cost of a cold cot is around £2,500.

 

Once again if anyone has any ideas on how our money should be spent to benefit bereaved parents, please pass them on.

Network Day

We are pleased to announce that Dee McFegan recently completed her Befriender Training so that brings our total number of Befrienders to four.

 

Alison is going to be doing her Advanced Befriender Training in March.

Other News

We are pleased to announce that Alison Rogerson, who is a Midwife at Cresswell, has expressed an interest in becoming more involved with our group and hopes to come along to our meetings when she can.

 

Following successful presentations delivered to Midwives and Doctors at Cresswell, Alison and Susan have been invited to do a presentation to Midwives at Stranraer. This will further strengthen our links to Maternity Services in the region.

 

(Please feel free to make suggestions about what you would like to see in future news letters.)

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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