You are warmly invited to attend the opening of the new baby memorial garden at Camberwell New Cemetery
We are excited to announce that on Sunday 30th June at 2pm, South East London Sands have been invited to the official opening of the new baby memorial garden at Camberwell New Cemetery. Through the generosity of our many supporters, old and new, we have been able to donate a beautiful centrepiece for the garden which we are excited to unveil on the day.
In lieu of the annual butterfly release, we will also be holding a small remembrance event. Everyone is welcome to join us in remembering and celebrating our babies in the beautiful new surroundings at Camberwell New Cemetery. Please let us know by e-mail if you plan to attend so that we can ensure we have enough supplies for everyone. If you would like to be involved in the event by sharing a reading, please let us know.
Following our event in the baby garden, you are welcome to join the Remembrance Service and Open Day which will take place from 3pm in the neighbouring Crematorium. More information about the cemetery can be found here: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/parks/camberwell-new-cemetery
A Google Map of the cemetery location can be found here. We recommend using the entrance on Brockley Way, which is closest to the new garden.
On 18th May, David Lydon and friends will be taking up the challenge of walking the entire route of the Northern Line in memory of Poppy, and fundraising for Sands in the process.
They are aiming to raise more than £1,000 in the process. Good luck, team!
Following the success of Sands Utd (a bereaved mens football team based in Northamptonshire), Sands have been looking to support other teams across the country.
With the help of Sands, Johan is looking to set up a London team to meet up and play regular football but more importantly provide support for each other over a common interest.
If you are keen in getting involved or know anyone this might benefit, please get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Time To Remember, Children and Babies of the PRUH service will be taking place on Sunday 14th October, at 4pm.
The service takes place at All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington, BR6 0QD.
Please do bear in mind that this event will be happening simultaneously with the Boat Release.
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, 10:15am to 12noon (meet at the Pavillion Cafe from 10am). 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, though you are advised to wear wellies. 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.