NEWSLETTER AUG/SEPTEMBER 2013

HELPLINE (0870) 7606649
EMAIL: help@aberdeensands.com
WEBSITE: www.aberdeensands.com
ADDRESS: PO BOX12113 Aberdeen AB16 9DX

 

Contact Persons
CHAIRPERSON: Fiona Donald
SECRETARY: Susan Forsyth
TREASURER: Judith Mackenzie
ANNIVERSARY CARDS: Pamela Styles
BEFRIENDER CO-ORDINATOR: Fiona Donald
RUBISLAW LIASON: Sandra Stephen
MEMORY POCKETS: Marjory Simpson
NEXT PREG.GROUP: Vacancy
TELEPHONE ROTA: Fiona Donald
WEBSITE: Vacancy

BIG THANK YOU TO LINDSEY RAEBURN FOR HER HELP IN THE PAST ON THE COMMITTEE, DOING THE NEWSLETTER & PURCHASING OF SPREEBOOK


Thank you to Lisa Scott for taking on the roll of spree book seller.
Thank you to Phillip Sage for taking on the newsletter editing role.
Thank you to Julie Jamieson for taking on the PObox.

CELEBRATE MARCH JUNE 8TH
A small number of us took part in the Union Street march in Aberdeen, which helped to raise awareness of our group.Thank you to all who marched.

ANNUAL BEETLE DRIVE
We held our annual Beetle Drive in June raising 944 for the refurbishment of the baby room in Rubislaw Ward. A big thank you to those who attended sold or bought Nirvana Spa Squares.

INVESTIGATION
The Scottish Government has established a group to examine what lessons can be
learned from recent events and to make recommendaons about how guidance and
legislaon can be updated to ensure clarity and consistency across the country. Ministers
will ask the Commission to submit their report and recommendaons by the end of
the year.
We cannot change what happened in the past, but I am sure we all welcome news of
this Commission and look forward to their recommendaons. Hopefully it will ensure no
other bereaved family is ever unaware of what happened to their precious baby after cremation.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
We had a nice day for the memorial service this year, which was aended by 30 people.
We released three balloons in memory of our babies. A big thank you to Mark Rodgers for
taking the service and also to Eaon MacKenzie for the reading the of poem.

HAZELHEAD BABY CEMETERY MEMORIAL GARDEN

After many years of negotation the perimeter wall of Hazlehead Baby Garden has finally been completed. We are awaiting the council to receive quotes on paving for the central
area of the perimeter wall.

BEFRIENDER TRAINING
There are no dates for befriender training at the moment, but if you think you would like
to do your befriender training, please email help@aberdeensands.com.

DONATIONS
Roy Shearer took part in the ETAP cycle race raising money in memory of the loss of their precious twins Abbie & Max by Justgiving. He raised over 2000 and his employer Dana
Petroleum donated 500 to us a big thank you.


A big thank you to Tutu and Maurice Thomson who have donated by standing order to our account, which is very generous in memory of her precious babies Ebun and Ore.

Mitchell Dossett, aged 10 raised 10 in his bob a job week at Scouts, and has donated it to SANDS. Thank you to Mitchell and his brother Cassie who marched down Union Street in the Celebration Parade.

Well done to Julie MacDonald who ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon this May to raise money for SANDS in memory of her daughter Alice raising over 2500.

FUNDRAISING
SPREE BOOKS. Lisa Scott is selling the spree books for our group this year. They cost 23.00 and for every book sold 5.00 comes to Aberdeen SANDS. To order 1 or more please email fhelp@aberdeensands.com

All the best to those who are undertaking fundraising over the next few months.

NEW ARRIVALS

Congratulaon on the safe arrival of.......


Maeve Eveline Daisy Laing born on the 25th May weighing 8lb 11oz and a quarter ounces. Precious baby to Kevin and Claire Laing and little sister to the late Harris.


Lucas Campbell Duncan born on the 30th May weighing 7lb 4oz precious baby to the Fiona and Barry Duncan and little brother to the late Isabella Daisy.


Rebekah Mary Eileen Sinclair born on the 25th June weighing 4lb 3oz to Helen and Ross Sinclair and precious little sister to the late George James


Frankie Taylor was born on the 11th July weighing 8lb 8oz to Natalie and Scott Taylor and llittle brother of Jordan and the late Eve.

OTHER INFORMATION

ANNIVERSARY CARDS
Should you wish to receive a card on the anniversary of your baby's death, please send your name and address, along with your baby's name and date of passing, to Pamela Styles C/O help@aberdeensands.com


MEMORY POCKETS
Marjory is sll doing a great job keeping Rubislaw Ward stocked up with Memory Pockets.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS - All welcome

DATES FOR THE DIARY

KEITH SANDS
The next meeting is Wednesday 18th September at 7.30pm in the Keith HC Annexe. All welcome

MEETINGS:
For details of the venues below please contact the helpline.
Thursday 5th September 7.30 AGM Mastrick Community Centre
8.30 Main meeng Mastrick Community Centre


Thursday 3rd October 8pm Main Meeting Sonia Gow's home
Thursday 7th November 8pm Main Meeting Fiona Donald home
Thursday 5th December 8pm Main Meeting Susan Forsyth's home
Thursday 9th January 8pm Main Meeting Fiona Donald's home

THE NEXT PREGNANCY GROUP:
The group will continue to meet monthly, and should you feel you want to go along to these meetings for some support, details are listed below.


Wednesday 18th September 8pm Next Pregnancy Meeting Judith McKenzie's home
Wednesday 16th October 8pm Next Pregnancy Meeting Claire Reith's home
Wednesday 20th November 8pm Next Pregnancy Meeting Laura Elders home
Wednesday 19th December 8pm Next Pregnancy Meeting Kerry Shearer's home
Wednesday 22nd January 8pm Next Pregnancy Meeting Catherine Curran's home

CHAPLAINCY DATES:
Quarterly Memorial Services
East Chapel Aberdeen Crematorium 10.50am Wednesday 25th September 2013
10.50am Wednesday 11th December 2013
Christmas Service ARI Chapel

10.30am Quiet service Sunday 8th December 2013
11.15am Family service Sunday 8th December 2013

If anyone would prefer to receive their Newsletter by Email rather than post, please advise Fiona Donald help@aberdeensands.com