How you can help
We are all volunteers and we run two monthly support groups, in Ashford and Margate as well as providing telephone, face to face, email and text support. And in addition we are out and about as often as we possibly can, raising awareness of baby deaths and the support available to anyone affected by the death of a baby. Alongside all that, we support the national organisation and national initiatives, from campaigning to research, taking part in as many activities as we can. Our team of volunteers really are fantastic and we can promise that any time or money given to us really will be used sensibly, to support local people and local services.
One of our key activities is raising awareness of baby loss and the support available and we take every opportunity we can to attend events, workshops, meetings, training days etc. to spread the message and to get people thinking and talking about baby loss. If you know of any events or groups or staff meetings etc where we could, perhaps, give a short talk, again please get in touch! We are happy to do anything from a ten minute slot to half a day and are available daytime and evenings, weekdays and weekends. We also want to get our posters and leaflets in as many places as possible - supermarkets, shopping centres, community buildings, shops etc. and if you are able to help distribute a few, again, please get in touch with us.
Volunteering with East Kent Sands
Volunteering with us can be lots of fun and can help you gain valuable experience and skills . If you might be interested in volunteering with us, again let us know. We really are a very friendly bunch and have lots of fun with our fundraising and we always offer expenses. We also have our ownwhich summarises our approach to volunteering. We have some specific volunteering opportunities including, , and - please click on the links for further details.
Fundraising for Sands
Most of our money comes from our fundraising or donations. We really do appreciate all the donations we are given and use these to support our considerable work across East Kent. We have our wonderful Baby Memorial Garden in Ashford with well over 200 name stones, each and everyone so precious to their families. We train midwives and others and we provide cuddle cots and other equipment our two local hospitals in Ashford and Margate.
If you would like to make a donation you can:
• send a cheque to us at the 13 Goldings Court, Ashford, Kent TN24 9JR
• make a payment online - East Kent Sands. Sort code 60-83-01 Account number 20371230. But do, please, let us have an address so that we can write and thank you properly!
• or donate through our Just Giving site –https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sands-east-kent The Just Giving page is an ongoing one which we use for our online fundraising for our activities, including our awareness events, promoting the Safer Pregnancyt website, providing memory items to bereaved families and equipment to local hospitals, as well as running the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden and all our other activitiues such as the Wave of LIght. If you have tried using our old Just Giving page, please note this was closed and the funds passed on to us. The one above is the new one!
Alternatively, if you would like to support some of our national activities, including research, campaigning, national events of helping local volunteer groups elsewhere in the country, please use the following link https://www.sands.org.uk/get-involved/donate-sands.