For parents and families who suffer the distress of stillbirth or neonatal death, SANDS is a vital charity that does important work to support affected individuals and to further research into the field of prenatal mortality with fundraising.
SANDS Stillbirth and Neonatal Awareness Month will happen this year throughout June, offering plenty of ways to learn more about the issue, to get involved in fundraising and to show your support for the charity.
One of the ways that you can raise money for SANDS is by signing up to Give As You Live for free and simply clicking on our site when you carry out your online shopping as usual. It takes just a few minutes to set up your own personal and account and costs you nothing. Once you’ve activated your link, simply click through GAYL every time you shop online and you’ll be shown just how much money you’ve raised for your charity – at no cost to you.
The scheme is simple, and with a huge number of big online brands supporting Give As You Live, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the fundraising adds up.
So what’s happening during SANDS awareness month? This year’s campaign is called ‘Finding the Words’, and it will kick off on 1st June. One of the main events is the ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ walk, which is designed to raise awareness of the 15 babies that will die in the UK each day before at or immediately after birth.
This means that fifteen families every day in Britain have to face the challenges of losing a much-wanted infant at birth. In recent years, SANDS has made great strides in making the topic public and removing the taboo, but there is still progress to be made. The charity carries out research through fundraising in a bid to reduce these mortality rates, which otherwise mean that more than 450 babies will fail to make it during the awareness month alone.
Other key projects include the beautiful memorial garden – the National Memorial Arboretum – which was opened in 2000 and provides a lasting memory and spot of tranquillity for babies who died and for their families. It is open every day apart from Christmas Day.
The charity is also encouraging the public to raise vital funds for its research, support and awareness work with a fundraising team that is on hand to provide lots of ideas, support and guidance.
Find out more here – and follow the #Findingthewords hashtag across social media platforms to join in, see what’s going on and add your support to families as they go through their darkest hours and look to find hope again.