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.

 

DG Sands Benefits From The Education Choir

Dumfries and Galloway Sands were delighted to be the charity chosen by the Education Choir to benefit from some of the money raised at the Choir for Charity event.

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Gates Power Transmission Raise £400 From Their Christmas Jumper Day

A big thank you goes to a kind hearted group of employees at Gates Power Transmission of Dumfries who raised an amazing £400 for Dumfries and Galloway Sands by having a ‘wear your Christmas jumper to work’ day. The money was raised in memory of Lucas, precious baby of their friend and colleague Emma Drummond and her partner Dave Shearer. Sadly Lucas was stillborn on the 7th November last year.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our service a moving tribute to all babies who have sadly died. It was as ever a very moving but lovely way to remember.

Thank you to Troqueer School choir, David Neilson, Ren Forteath, The Dumfries Male Voice Choir, The Rev. Maurice Bond, Charles, Lynsey Burnett for making our lovely tree decorations and the staff of Easterbrook Hall and to all the families for coming to support each other

A Big Thank You To Linda & Hugh Kelly Who Have Raised £400 For DG Sands

image1-3Ali and Susan had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Linda and Hugh Kelly who recently raised an amazing £400 for Dumfries and Galloway Sands. Linda explained that she only recently heard about Dumfries and Galloway Sands and was touched by what we do as she and Hugh had lost their first baby, Steven, in 1972.

We would like to say a big thank you to Hugh and Linda, and of course their very generous friends,  for thinking about our charity and making this donation which will help us to continue to support bereaved parents in Dumfries and Galloway.

Another big thank you to Fran and Roger Doherty for a cheque for £700. The money was raised at a football match and adds to the amazing amount of money that Fran and Roger have already raised and donated to Dumfries and Galloway Sands in memory of their precious baby boy  Charlie

A Massive Thanks to Stranraer Young Farmers

Dumfries and Galloway Sands were delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit from the money raised by Stranraer Young Farmers after they completed a 44 mile cycle run.

On Saturday, Susan and Fran were invited along to Stranraer Rugby club to receive a cheque for an amazing £1,500! Thank you so much to Stranraer Young Farmers for choosing our charity.

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St Michael’s Cemetery Memorial Garden: Update

“We are delighted work is well underway at St. Michaels. Adam Booth, Blacksmith, has completed the butterflies on the wall where older internments are, and Max Nowell has completed his sculpture and has replaced the plaques. He is busy working on creating the sandstone path. Bereaved parents Sheila & Jim Muirhead were delighted with what Adam has created at their daughters internment. We are hoping work will be completed soon.”

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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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