Following a successful first event, we are delighted to confirm the dates for further upcoming Sunday strolls in Greenwich Park. These will be held on 21st October and 18th November, 10:30am to 12noon. A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the first event possible.
Additionally we would like to share a reminder of two upcoming events in the SEL Sands calendar. These will only take place if there are sufficient numbers interested, so please get in touch if you you would like to join us for either:
The first event will be a candlelit supper club on Saturday 13th October at 8pm. We will be having a feast of Spanish food thanks to the lovely team at Home & Kids café in Blackheath, and it will be an opportunity to remember and celebrate our babies and light candles in their memory. There are 20 places available and we will allocate them on a first come, first served basis. The event will be free to attend, but we are asking for a fully refundable £10 deposit in order to secure your place. Please deposit via paypal by Friday 5th October and we will send e-mail confirmation of your place once we have received your deposit. If you would like any further information, please contact us by e-mail.
The second event will be a boat release down the River Quaggy in Manor Park at 4pm on Sunday 14th October. We have been lucky enough to team up with James at Forries Education who helped to co-ordinate the boat release in memory of Jo Cox MP. He will be helping families to create small boats out of rice paper and other materials from the park. We will then release these boats down the river as an act of remembrance. All are welcome and all materials and equipment will be provided. Please register your interest by e-mail so that we know how many people to plan for.
Thank you, and we hope to see you there!
Our third newsletter was published this week, featuring fundraising news, details of a new support event and an invitation to join our first supper club.
You can read the newsletter here, and sign up for future issues here.
Our annual butterfly release event will take place on Sunday, 10th June, once again in Greenwich Park.
From 11am, please join us in the Rose Garden to meet with others and perhaps bring a picnic. Children are welcome, too, and there will be a release of butterflies to remember our babies. Donation towards Sands can be made in buckets available at the event.
We are expecting a particularly large turnout this year. If you are planning to join us and have not already advised, please do get in touch so that we can account for expected numbers on the day.
Baby death is still a taboo subject, but together we can break the wall of silence.
June is Sands Awareness Month – please join us in #FindingTheWords to support anyone who has experienced #babyloss and share the new @SandsUK film at www.sands.org.uk/findingthewords.
This year’s Curtain Up Christmas Market will be taking place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London W8 4HN.
There will be over 45 stalls offering antiques, collectables, art, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, glass, handbags, vintage clothing, cakes and more.
The Christmas Market to be opened at 11.30 am by surprise celebrity! And a raffle will be drawn at 15:00 by BBC Radio London’s Joanne Good.
Entrance to the event begins at 11:00 – £2
This year, proceeds from the event will be directed to Sands, so please support this as generously as possible. Any volunteers who would like to support on the day are welcome to get in touch.
The Wave Of Light is an annual event, and bereaved families around the world are asked to light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for one hour. By doing this a wave of light passes around the world in memory of all the babies, gone too soon.
Each year, during Baby Loss Awareness Month, Kent Sands host a Wave Of Light walk at Bluewater Lake. This year it will take place on Sunday 15th October, meeting at 6:45pm.
There is a Facebook event page where you can find complete details. They encourage all to attend, though would like those intending to join the event to advise in advance.
We’ve begun to publish a newsletter, containing articles related to recent fundraising efforts, upcoming events and details of what else SEL Sands is doing with its funds.
The first issue was released on 5th December 2016, and if you didn’t receive a copy you can sign up to get them in the future – just visit our Mailing List page.
Users of Hotmail and Gmail may find that our emails are automatically placed into a ‘Promotions’ folder or similar.
A copy of the first issue is attached here, and we would welcome any feedback you may have.
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This December Julia is once again creating delectable refreshments for sale at the Curtain Up Christmas Market. Now in its 7th year, Curtain Up was launched by a small group of actors to raise funds for a good cause (by charging an entrance fee) and provide an event for everyone to enjoy and showcase their crafts, collectables and bric-a-brac. The very first Curtain Up in 2010 donated the entrance fees to Sands; this year the entrance fees will go to Max’s Foundation, but as always the proceeds from Julia’s refreshments will benefit SEL Sands.
This year the market features over 45 stalls offering collectables, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac, crafts, glass, jewelry, cakes, preserves and more. Legendary actress Fenella Fielding is opening the market, and a surprise celebrity will draw the raffle.
Curtain Up Christmas Market. Sunday 11 December, 11am-3.30pm
St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London W8 4HN
2016 marks 5 years since our first child and only son, Petroc, was stillborn. We wanted to do something special to mark this milestone, and while deciding what found the ‘5 for 5 Challenge’. This fundraising initiative was started by bereaved parents Aoife and John in memory of their son, Seamus, who would also have been 5 this year. The similarities in their story were too strong to ignore and we decided to get involved. The challenge to do something personal around the theme of 5, while fundraising for Sands.
We challenged ourselves to 5 x 5km walks along 5 rivers in South East London. Over three weekends we walked along the Beck, the Pool, the Ravensbourne, the Quaggy and the Thames along with our daughters (3 years and 6 months old). Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we raised just over £1,200 which will be shared between Sands-UK and SEL Sands.
Liz and Jerry Pinel.
In 2015 we decided a football tournament seemed the perfect way to celebrate our son’s birthday annually whilst raising money for good causes. This year, on August 21st, in honour of Caspian’s 2nd birthday, it felt right to donate all proceeds to SEL Sands as a thank you to the group that provided us so much support and friendship on our journey.
Held at Long Lane’s Ground and with the involvement of two football clubs, four teams played off for the Caspian Cup. With the sun shining all afternoon, an inflatable slide and goal kept the children entertained alongside a barbecue and DJ. Releasing a sea of blue balloons into the sky to remember Caspian and all of our beloved babies felt like the most fitting end to a very special day.
This year’s Cup was a huge success, raising almost £2,000 and we would like to thank all who came to share it with us and our amazing Sands friends who helped to make it so special.
Ashleigh & Jerron