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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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  • It really is a family affair when it comes to fundraising for Team Ellie. Kate and Andrew suffered the heartbreak of losing their precious baby Ellie last year when she was stillborn. They wanted to do something in memory of their daughter and have set themselves a target to raise
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  • On the 8th of August Nicola attended an NHS Lothian meeting looking at Bereavement Education and Training. We believe this is at the heart of compassionate and supportive care when a family loses a baby and NHS Lothian are working hard to provide training for professionals dealing with families at
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  • Meet Vi Smart. This wonderful woman is 86 years old and is part of 'knit and yap' who meet at Oxgangs Library to knit for the charity. Vi's eyesight is failing but she is determined to continue knitting beautiful little baby items for our charity shop on South Clerk Street.
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  • What a team!We were thrilled to be invited to Barclays Bank Princes Street yesterday to meet some of the Tough Mudder participants and receive a cheque for an amazing £2929. Deborah Valentine (not pictured) is one of the charity champions and has been motivating everyone to be involved in many activities to
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  • Caroline, our office manager, was delighted to welcome Danny Hignett and his adorable dog Ginger to our office today and receive a cheque for £64 . This donation was raised from a fundraiser dance show called Granny's Grain performed and organised by Dance Base which is Scotland's National Centre for Dance. We are
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  • An incredible story of kindness, friendship and compassion.Karen Roberts decided she wanted to do something to support her friend who sadly lost her son Jack last year. How do you support someone at this time? How can you show you care? Well Karen decided to chop 10 inches of her
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  • The world needs more Greg Robertson's!  What an achievement and such kind words about SANDS Lothians. We are so delighted to be Marks and Spencer - Livingston Almondvale charity of the year and we are looking forward to meeting Greg to thank him in person. Click the link to read about Greg's amazing achievment: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/blackridge-man-greg-robertson-proves-8403657#ZP74si1x1WQ8mtsY.97
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  • We are really keen to use this event to get as many men involved as we can. Men grieve differently and their emotions can often overlooked when it comes to baby loss. Can you help? Do you work in a male dominated workplace? Are you bereaved and looking for a challenge?
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  • We had a fantastic day at the Great Scottish Events. Well done and congrats to all who entered! We hope your feet aren't too sore today! Special shoutouts to:  Team Jack who walked in memory of little Jack. They had special tshirts with Jack's hand and footprints on the back - very special
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  • Well she did it! So proud of Sarah for completing a skydive today on what would be her daughter Laci's 3rd birthday. Sarah said "it was an amazing experience...but I'll not be rushing to do it again" Well done Sarah from all your friends at SANDS Lothians. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/mum-skydives-charity-said-brought-8114028#2b27dJezvHyR3ppl.97
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  • Our Mother and Toddler group has been meeting for many years and gives the opportunity for families to meet up with other bereaved parents following the loss of a baby or after the arrival of a rainbow baby. We understand that a new baby does not replace a loved baby
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  • They won!Massive congrats to Lynn, Gill and Emma in winning NHS Lothiancelebrating success Health Hero Award. Fantastic evening with Arlene Stuart. You make the unbearable bearable and show compassion and support at a devastating time in families lives. Your award is very well deserved ladies! Here are some links celebrating their success:
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  • I was invited to Livingston Rotary Club dinner at the Mercure to accept a cheque for £460. It is heartwarming when local organisations put lots of energy and effort into holding events throughout the year which the community contribute to and then it comes full circle when the funds are shared amongst
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  • A wonderful story as we approach Father's Day.Kitch Lewis held a concert in Currie Kirk on Friday playing keyboard and sax and put on a wonderful evening for everyone. He raised an incredible £980 pounds donating £600 to SANDS Lothians and £380 to Currie Kirk. We are so grateful to Kitch
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  • A positive first meeting with ARC (ante natal results and choices) and SANDS Lothians for families who have faced making a difficult decision in pregnancy following the results of a detailed scan, amniocentisis, CVS or blood test. We are going to make this a regular group meeting every 2 to 3
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  • I had the pleasure of having a big cheque picture taken with Anne Wilson yesterday to recognise the amazing fundraising she has done for us over the year. Anne lost her daughter many years ago but intense feelings and hurt were stirred up again as her baby was one of
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  • We had a great night at West Lothian College fundraiser last night. Lynsey and her colleagues have finished their final year of SVQ level 3 hairdressing course and decided to hold a charity evening in memory of little Bella who was Lynsey's first baby sadly stillborn on 31st March 2015.
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  • What a weekend for SANDS Lothians heroes!  Andrew Galbraith and his family were running in the Mull of Kintyre 10K yesterday in memory of his perfect firstborn Ellie who was sadly stillborn last year.  Andrew went for the target of £500 initially which was exceeded in a few hours so
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Next Meetings

  • Befriending Group

    Befriending Group - Edinburgh

    Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

    There will be NO MEETING IN JULY due to the Annual Tennis Tournament 

    Mon 1st August 2016    7-9 PM

    Mon 5th Sep 2016        7-9 PM

    Befriending Group - West Lothian

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

    Tues 12th JULY 2016     7-9 PM

    Mon 9th Aug  2016       7-9 PM

    Mon 13th Sep 2016      7-9 PM

  • Counselling

    We have free counselling available in Edinburgh and West Lothian. Please email info@sands-lothians.org.uk for more information or to seek an appointment.

  • 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 20th July 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 10th Aug 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

    Wed 14th Sep 2016      7.45 - 9.45 PM

  • Parent and Toddler

    Parent and Toddler

    NEW VENUE - JAKS DEN, GEDDES HOUSE, LIVINGSTON

    Meet on the last Tuesday of every month

    Tues 28th June 2016         9.30  - 11.30 AM

    Tues 26th July 2016          9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 30th Aug 2016          9.30 - 11.30 AM

    Tues 27th Sept 2016         9.30 - 11.30 AM

     

  • Subsequent Pregnancy Support

    Pregnancy Support Group - Edinburgh

    Mon 18th July 2016      7-9 PM

    Mon 22nd Aug 2016     7-9 PM

    Mon 19th Sep 2016      7-9 PM

  • TTC / IVF / Fertility Support

    TTC / IVF/Fertility Support - Edinburgh

    Tues 19th July 2016      7-9 PM

    Tues 16th Aug 2016      7-9 PM

    Tues 13th Sep 2016      7-9 PM