NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

 

AGM NEWS

Committee Members

A big thank you to Judith McKenzie for being our treasurer so diligently over the last few years and also to Julie Jamieson for her role on the committee. We welcomed Debbie Fraser onto the committee, thank you Debbie.

 

BAIRD FAMILY HOSPITAL
Thanks to Sandra Stephen, Fiona Donald, Claire Reith and Susan Forsyth for attending the Maternity workshop for the Baird Family, where we have been involved in the basic outline planning of the hospital.

 

RUBISLAW WARD
The benches have arrived for the Rubislaw Ward garden and we would like to thank Chloe McIntyre again for her funding and assistance with this project. Chloe has been working closely with Sandra Stephen to upgrade the garden area. We have also provided beds for fathers to sleep on for the Rubislaw Ward and the other wards in the Maternity Hospital.

The Baby Room in the Rubislaw Ward has just been refurbished and we have funded this worthwhile project. There is to be a separate entrance eventually into the Rubislaw Ward which avoids the front door into the hospital if parents wish to exit/enter this way.

 

MAIN SUPPORT MEETING VENUE
We are now holding our main support meetings at the Sportsman Club Aberdeen, 11 Queens Road. There is car parking behind and it is on a bus route.

 

A BIG THANK YOU
We would like to say a big thank you to the kind and thoughtful person who placed beautiful plants in our planters at Hazelhead Baby Cemetery.

 

MATERNITY LIASION COMMITTEE
The committee continues to meet with Fiona Donald and Susan Forsyth in attendance, ensuring that SANDS is involved in shaping the Maternity Services in the Grampian area for the future. If any parent has any feedback they would like taken to the committee, good and not so good, please email help@aberdeensands.com

 

AWARENESS EVENTS

SCOTTISH NETWORK DAY
The next Network Day when the Scottish groups get together is Saturday11th June 2016 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.

RADIO APPEARANCE RAISING AWARENESS
Our group were invited to raise awareness of the group on the 'Health Show' on SHMUfm. Fiona Donald participated and would like to thank NHS Grampian for the opportunity to share information on the support our group offers.

BEREAVEMENT TRAINING
We funded training for professionals held on the 1st September, thanks to Sandra Stephen for organising and Sonia for talking about her precious baby Charlotte.

 

SANDS/BLISS CONFERENCE
We funded two professionals to attend this conference in London in September.

 

DONATIONS

Big, big thank you to everyone below......

Donation from Aberdeen City Council of 1,506.46.

100.00 from Karen Elrick and her partner Scott Forbes in memory of their precious daughter Lola Forbes born 28th May 2014.

30.00 from Kirsty Mathieson Mum of Sandra Stephen's for Beth's birthday .
50.00 donation we received from Helen Willox in memory of her granddaughter, Macy , Graham and Layla's precious baby at the time of her second birthday.
80.00 from Rhona Gerrard from herself, and her parents in memory of her twin boys Kieran and Lewis.

St Columba's Church of Scotland, Bridge of Don for 400.65 which was raised at a recent coffee morning which Sandra Stephen and Fiona Donald were invited to, to raise awareness of the group. It was well attended with lots of lovely home baking.

300.00 from Ellon Fire Station donated.

 

FUNDRAISING

BEETLE DRIVE
Our annual Beetle Drive raised 1173.40 and was a great success. Thank you to all those who attended who helped set up, organize the raffles or clear up and who sold Nirvana Spa squares. The money we raised is for Scottish Network fund, which helps new groups with materials to get started, such as books and leaflets, such as the one in Shetland.

852.50 was raised by Jim Maitland and Gordon McVean in completing the Balmoral Stena Drilling Tartan 10

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

NEW ARRIVALS
Congratulations on the arrival of ......
Dylan George precious baby born to Gayle and Steve George on 22nd February weighing 8lbs4oz. Little brother to Owen George.
Indy Stuary born on the 27th April ,weighing 7lbs 11.5 to Alana Murray and Bob Stuart. Little sister to Mya.
Florence Yeomans born 15th June to Tim and Jennifer Yeomans, weighing 8lb 1oz. Little sister to Sophia and the late Eva.
Maria Christina Maitland, born 15th August to Jennifer and James weighing 6lbs 12.5oz. Little sister to Rosa, Jessica and the late Louisa.

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

 

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

SANDS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SERVICE.
The service this year will be held back at ARI Chapel on Sunday 13th December. The quiet service will be at 10.30am and the family service follows at 11.15am. Tea, coffee and juice will be served after the service.

 

MEETINGS All welcome.

NEW GROUP IN SHETLAND
The new group in Shetland was formed on the 1st October. The groups first meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th November, for more information please contact the group on 07341945028 or email shetlandsands@hotmail.com

MORAY SANDS
The Moray meetings are held in Ugie House Hotel at 7.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

 

CHAPLANCY DATES

Quarterly Memorial Services at 10.50am East Chapel
Aberdeen Crematorium

Wednesday 9th December 2015