Dumfries and Galloway Sands Newsletter

September 2012

We held another very successful guidelines training day at Cresswell on the 10th September. We had 18 people in attendance, including midwives, MCA’s, A&E nurses and a Psychologist. Evaluation of the day was very positive.We are still in the process of trying to upgrade and rename the Family Room. We have had decorating, lighting and flooring quotes so far. Fiona Dodds will liaise with Phil Wharrem on these. Hopefully work will begin soon on this.


D&G Sands are hosting the Scottish network day in 2013, either May or June depending on availability of “The Duncan Rooms” This is a day when all Scottish groups get together to hear what’s happening in other areas and to learn and share good ideas. We have so far confirmed Margaret Evans, Perinatal Pathologist in Edinburgh will do a presentation. We hope to get someone local to talk as well.


We recently purchased a Flexmort cold mattress and Moses basket for Cresswell, to offer bereaved parents the chance to take their baby home which helps keep the baby in good condition for longer. We hope parents will take up the offer and take some comfort from having their baby at home for a short while.


We are also working on a memorial site within Kirkcudbright cemetery to mark the graves of stillborn babies. We were asked by a lady whose baby died 65 years ago after she read what we had done in St. Michael’s cemetery. Lynda Burns has again modelled the baby from a drawing done by the lady of what she remembers her baby to look like. We are very excited and can’t wait for completion.


We held a coffee morning in Dalbeattie on the 8th September, organised by Lynda Burns, supporter of D&G Sands. We had lots of help from friends and family with home baking and raffle prizes. We raised a brilliant £282 on the day to go towards our funds. It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the work and support we offer to people.


Lyn Todd is running the Dumfries Half Marathon on the 29th September in memory of her friends baby Oliver Hewson. Lyn is donating the money to D&G Sands to say thank you for the support we gave to Oliver’s’ parents after he died. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/lyntodd

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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