Welcome to our website

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Welcome to the Chester Sands website. We’ll keep you updated about Sands events in Chester, including Support Group Meetings, Fundraisers and Volunteers Meetings.

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AGM and committee meeting

Why not come along to our AGM and committee meeting and find out more about Chester Sands?

We’re meeting at the Chimneys in Hooton from 730pm on 2nd October.

If you want to find out more email chester@sands.org.uk

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Launch of brand new Wirral support meeting

We are really pleased to announce the launch of our new Wirral support meetings, which will start in August. 3 newly trained Befrienders have been working alongside Chester Sands Committee to launch a brand new group supporting anyone affected by the loss of a baby in Wirral. Why not join us for Coffee and Cake and a chance to meet the new team, Tuesday 10th July 7.30pm to 8.30pm @ Church of St John the Divine Community Centre, Frankby, Wirral CH49 3PE.

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Committee Meeting

We held a committee meeting today and were delighted that 2 new volunteers came along to get involved with the group. We have lots planned in the coming months including arranging a social event and providing equipment for the Countess, watch this space for more information.

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Sands Bereavement Training at Countess of Chester

In 2014 20 staff from the Countess of Chester labour ward attended a Sands Bereavement Training workshop arranged by Chester Sands and delivered by the Sands National Training Team. Following on from the success of this workshop we are pleased to have arranged a further training day for staff from the neonatal unit at the Countess, which will take place in June. Thank you to everyone who has donated funds to enable us to finance this workshop, we hope that it will help health professionals who are caring for bereaved parents on the neonatal unit.

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Lavender Suite at Countess

The Countess of Chester Hospital have recently completed their new bereavement suite, the Lavender Suite. Through our fundraising, we’ve been able to support the Countess by donating items for the Lavender Suite, including bedding and cushions, Ipod dock, wall mounted TV and kettle, cups etc. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising and made donations including Enrichment Technology who donated £150 towards the cost of the TV. It’s heartbreaking to think this room will be used in the future but we hope the less clinical environment will provide some comfort to parents. We hope to continue to provide items for the Lavender Suite when they are needed.
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First Anniversary Bubble Release

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On Saturday 1st February members of Chester Sands group and their families got together to mark the group’s first anniversary. If you look closely at the picture you can see some of the bubbles we released in memory of all our babies. xx

 

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Joint project with Joshua’s Boxes

We met with Joshua’s Boxes today to chat about our charities working together. Over the next few months we hope to raise enough money to jointly buy a cold cot for the Countess, giving bereaved families time to create memories with their precious baby. Our next fundraiser is a Quiz Night on 21st November, money raised will be put towards this project, please come along and support if you can.

 

 

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