East Kent Sands Charity


Due to coronavirus, we have had to cancel our monthly support groups meetings in Ashford and Margate, as well as any face to face contacts, for the time being.  We are offering Zoom meetings on the usual dates and if you woud like details, please contact us on one of the numbers below.  Sands is also cancelling all events and activities across the country for the forseeable future, including the Ashford Wave of LIght but there will be virtual events organised via Sands.org.uk.

Support remains available from our local volunteers on 07547 195 791 or 0788 967 463.

If you need bereavement support you can also contact the Sands national helpline on 0808 164 3332 or helpline@sands.org.uk. For other ways we offer support, including our Online Community and our Bereavement Support App, visit https://sands.org.uk/support.

For information about coronavirus, see sands.org.uk/coronavirus

The Ashford Baby Memorial Garden remains open as part of the Council's Memorial Gardens and visitors are always welcome. From 1 October 2020 the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden will be run by a new charity - the East Kent Baby Memorial Gardens Group (charity no 1190080) - run by Emma, Sam, Vicky, Charmaine, Chris, Jo and Chris, currently local Sands volunteers.   If you have any questions about the Ashford Baby Garden, please feel free to contact Chris on 01233 643 976 or visit the Garden's Group's new website (which will go live on 1 October 2020) :

http://www.EastKent BabyMemorialGardens.org.uk


Thank you for visiting our web site.  Whether you have lost a baby, or are a friend or family member, a midwife or other professional person, or someone that is just curious, we hope you will find it useful. 

We are a small group of volunteers (we have no paid staff) who are very busy indeed supporting bereaved families, working with Ashford and Margate hospitals, providing training and equipment, and raising awaress of the fact that every hundred minutes, somewhere in the UK a baby dies. 

We have links to the support available from our volunteers and from the national helpline, information on some of our activities, updates on events and fundraising/awareness raising activities, and links to many other organisations.  The web site is something which will we hope grow over time so please return to the site every now and then to see what has changed.  

And do let us have feedback, please, as we are keen to make the site as helpful and as friendly as we possibly can.

Thank you.


East Kent Sands News

All change but no change, as a new charity takes over responsibility for the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden

The Coronavirus has had a significant impact on our fundraising and awareness activities.

We have been very busy in December raising money and awareness of baby loss.

Our Margate Support Group now meets at a new venue - St John's Church and Community Centre,

With some 620,000 members in the UK we realised that Scouting would have a significant number of people who had been affected by the death of a baby, either directly or indirectly.  Three of our Sands volunteers, who are also Scout volunteers decided to create some guidance for those adult leaders on how to support other adults and young people following the death of a baby.

East Kent Sands was delighted to play a part in the National Citizen Service 2019 Summer Programme when we

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