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  • Grief does not follow a straight path. It is not about it starting awful and gradually getting better week by week. Time does not relate to 'getting better'. The loss of your own child is a forever journey of constantly doing loops and revisiting what happened and the pain. You
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  • A big shout out and thank you to Waitrose Morningside customers for their green token voting which resulted in a very generous donation to SANDS Lothians of £200. Many thanks to Tammy Stewart for her support by putting our name forward. This is not the first time Tammy has helped
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  • A massive well done and heartfelt thanks to Lizette and Paddy Bingham for their hard work, passion and generosity. We are one of 7 charities to benefit from the proceeds they both made (a staggering £8,766!) from making and selling Rudolph's and other friendly creatures from bits of wood. Thank
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  • Our Charity shop on South Clerk Street will close for Christmas on Tuesday 20th December 2016 and re-open for business on Monday 9th January 2017. We would like to Thank our dedicated Volunteers who give up their time throughout the year to Raise awareness and bring in Funds for the Charity   
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  • What a night! WeDO Scotland held their annual entrepreneur awards dinner on Friday which our CEO was invited to speak at. We are their chosen charity and we are delighted to announce that an incredible £5,000 was raised by the generous guests. Many, many thanks to everyone who donated on
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  • Delighted to launch our Christmas card designs for 2016! We hope you like them. The graphics have been especially designed for the charity by Rosalyn Dickson (Nicola's talented sister in law). Little 'Chalky' was drawn by the super talented Mandy Anderson at Mandy Anderson Art. Many thanks to these women
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  • A massive congratulations and heartfelt thank you to Leigh Gordon for her incredible fundraising in memory of her baby Madelyn. Leigh's daughter passed away last August due to a severe brain injury following a traumatic home birth. Leigh had some counselling via ourselves at this devastating time and wanted to
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  • We have some more SANDS Lothians sporting men to share with you! This one comes with a shaved head and a circus strongman costume!! Niall Darroch has completed the Borders Triathlon Series in aid of the charity. The final race of the series was at Eyemouth, and represented the end
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  • This year our annual Christmas Service is on the 4th of December at Craiglockhart Parish Church from 14.30.  It is an opportunity to take time out of your life at this busy time to give thought to your precious baby. Famlilies can light a candle, include their baby's name in
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  • Well done to the St John's Bereavement team for making it into the top 3 in the Top Team category at the Scottish Health Awards 2016. They beat 450 nominations and although they didn't win their category tonight they will always be winners in our eyes. It was a fantastic
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  • We were delighted to meet with Kathryn from The Daisy Foundation Edinburgh East and Becca who organised a Charity walk to raise funds for SANDS Lothians in memory of Becca's precious baby Ryan who was stillborn last year. They raised an incredible amount of money and it was great to
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  • The Scottish Politicians Awards are hosted annually at Prestonfield in Edinburgh and recognises the excellent work carried out at both Holyrood and Westminster and recognises politicians - at a national and local level - who have helped to shape events. Each year an award is given to the Campaign of the Year
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  • Congratulations to the 'Terrific Trio' Lynn Rose, Emma Campbell and Gill Thomson who have made it to the final of the Daily Record Health Heroes awards. These awards recognise individuals and teams who have been nominated from all over Scotland for their amazing contributions to the NHS. The team and the rest
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  • A huge well done to Cara, Lucy, Erin, Keeva, Abigail, Claudia, Olivia, Eilidh and Beth who all had a great time running the Great Scottish Run Toddler Dash in Glasgow today in memory of Cara's big sisters Molly & Grace. Brilliant atmosphere, the sun shone and the kids were amazing!
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  • If you are feeling adventurous, are free on Sunday 9th October and fancy jumping of the Forth Rail Bridge for charity then you've come to the right place!We have 3 places up for grabs as part of a team of 10. Registration closes this Friday (apologies for short timescales but
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  • Today we went from 5 to 6!Tracy Watt joined the team as our part time Sports fundraiser and we are over the moon that Tracy is joining team SANDS Lothians and we know she will be a great asset. We had a really positive staff meeting today discussing all we
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  • We always knew we were beautiful inside and out and we are thrilled to hear we have been selected as Miss West Lothian nominated charity of 2016! Rachel Adam won the title of Miss West Lothian this year and she is hosting a charity 70's evening to raise funds for us. We
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  • We are delighted to announce our new partnership working with Jennifer Falconer Coaching. Jennifer offers relaxation and meditation coaching and the testimonials and feedback from bereaved families have been extremely positive with one woman reporting she had the best sleep since her loss. Jennifer will be based in our Health and Wellbeing
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  • Lots of fun at Marks and Spencer - Livingston Almondvale today. The staff took part in a step class at the centre and we went along to raise awareness and speak to shoppers about our support. We spoke to three families who had suffered a loss from some time ago to fairly recent
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  • We are very excited to be working in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University Graphic Design Department. The students' project this year is to design bereavement cards for ourselves. We would really like the bereaved to be involved in this and we hope you can help us. The students wish to learn
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  • Befriending Group

    Befriending Group - Edinburgh

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    Mon 9th Jan 2017         7-9 PM

    Mon 6th Feb 2017         7-9 PM

    Mon 6th Mar 2017         7-9 PM


    Befriending Group - West Lothian

    NEW PREMISES - Unit 3, Carmondean Business Units, Carmondean Centre South Road , Livingston, EH54 8PT   

    Mon 9th  Jan 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 13th Feb 2017      7-9 PM

    Mon 13th Mar 2017      7-9 PM

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  • Miscarriage Support

    Edinburgh Miscarriage Support Group

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month

    next meetings

    Wed 11th Jan 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 8th Feb 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 8th Mar 2017      7.45 - 9.45 PM

  • Parent and Toddler

    Parent and Toddler


    Meet on the last Tuesday of every month

    Tues 31st Jan 2017         9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 28th Feb 2017        9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 28th Mar 2017        9.30 - 11.30 AM



    Meet on the Second Thursday of each Month

    Thur 19th Jan 2017           9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Thur 23rd Feb 2017           9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Thur 16th Mar 2017           9.30 - 11.30 AM



  • Subsequent Pregnancy Support

    Pregnancy Support Group - Edinburgh

    Mon 23rd Jan 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 20th Feb 2017       7-9 PM

    Mon 20th Mar 2017       7-9 PM

  • TTC / IVF Assisted Conception Fertility Support

    TTC / IVF            Assisted Conception               Fertility Support - Edinburgh

    Tues 17th Jan 2017       7-9 PM

    Tues 7th Feb 2017        7-9 PM

    Tues 7th Mar 2017        7-9 PM