Curtain Up Christmas Market

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.

Wave of Light 2017 at Bluewater Lake

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.

The SEL Sands Newsletter

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.

Click here to view our newsletter

Curtain Up Christmas Market – 7 years of selling cakes for Sands!

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

‘5 for 5 Challenge’ – River Walks

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.

The Caspian Cup – 2016

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


The Caspian Cup 2016

On Sunday 21st August, the Caspian Cup Football Tournament will be held in Blackheath to recognise the 2nd birthday of Caspian, son of two of our members Ashleigh & Jerron who have organised the event, and we would like to encourage as many to attend as possible.

The event will take place throughout the day, beginning at 10:45am and running through until 6pm, and will feature a series of family fun activities alongside a series of football matches at Long Lane Football Club. There will be a clubhouse with a bar, food, a bouncy castle and also a DJ on the day.

Please join us on the day, spread the word, and help to raise money for Sands.

Full details are as follows:
Sunday 21st August 2016, 10:45am – 6pm (first matches begin at 11am)
Long Lane Football Club, Kidbrooke Playing Fields/Dursley Rd, London SE3 8PB

Butterfly Release 2016

Our annual butterfly release event will take place on Sunday, 12th June, once again in Greenwich Park..

From 1pm, 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. A small donation towards the event would help to offset the cost of the butterflies.

Upcoming Fundraising Event – 2nd June

On Thursday, 2nd June, Sands will have an opportunity to raise funds with bucket collections at Waterloo and Liverpool Street stations. There will be two slots during the commuter hours:

  • 7am – 11am
  • 2pm – 7pm

Anyone who could be available to support the event at either station should get in touch with us and we can pass your details on to the organising team. The volunteers will simply be required to encourage commuters to donate cash to Sands and will be supplied with T-shirts (no fancy dress!).

Please let us know if you can assist.

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