NEWSLETTER JUNE 2016

WEBSITE
We would like to welcome Jennifer Maitland onto our committee who is going to assist Sandra Stephen with the creation of our new website.

MAIN SUPPORT MEETINGS MEETING VENUES
We would like to thank the Sportsman's Club for the use of their premises for our monthly support meetings. The room we have is suitable and parking is easy.

RGU TALK BY SONIA GOW

Thank you to Sonia Gow who again performed her talk 'A Parent's Perspective' to 2nd year Midwifery Students at RGU. It was well attended and we handed out a copy of 'Guidelines for Professional' to all attendees. Thank you also to RGU for allowing Sonia tell her story and raise awareness of our group.

RGU INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE AWARENESS

We were invited again, thank you to the students organizing the event, to host a stand at this event on the 6th May at RUG. . Thank you to Snadra Stephen, Susan Masser and Aimee Fowlie who raised awareness of our group.

 

TALK TO CRUSE BEREAVEMENT,ABERDEEN. AWARENESS
Thank you to Sandra Stephen who did a talk on the support we offer in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to this lovely group of counsellors. They had many interesting questions about our group and kindly gave a donation of 20.00
Thank you to Cruse for our donation and for asking us to talk about Aberdeen SANDS.

MEMORIAL SERVICE 26th JUNE HAZELHEAD PARK at 2.15PM.
Susan Masser and Hayley Ball are planning a memorial service for the summer at Hazlehead Park Cafe with a 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes Event at 1.30pm There will be refreshments after the service at the Park Cafe. If you wish to attend please email help@aberdeensands.com. for numbers for catering.

 

RUBISLAW WARD
We have purchased furniture for the new Multipurpose Room in the Rubislaw Ward which should now be in place.

 

BAIRD FAMILY HOSPITAL
Fiona Donald and Susan Forysth have joined the Communications group of the Baird Family Hospital who will meet every few months. Gail Thomson from the project, kindly showed our committee the initial layout plans for the new hospital.

MATERNITY LIASON COMMITTE
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 the any parent has any feedback they would like taken to the committee, good and not so good, please email help@aberdeensands.com.

GRAMPIAN CHILD BEREAVEMENT NETWORK
Fiona Donald and Sandra Stephen are still attending meetings and the GCB Network group is involved in creating a website, which will indicate all the support available to children who have suffered a family loss in the Grampian area.

AWARENESS EVENTS

BEETLE DRIVE 3RD JUNE
The annual Beetle Drive will be held in Airyhall Community Centre at 7.15pm prompt. Could all SANDS parents please bring some home bakes for the refreshments and a raffle prize. It is good fun whilst raising money for a good


SCOTTISH NETWORK DAY
The next Network Day when the Scottish Groups get together is Saturday June 11th 2016, at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow. If you think you may attend please get in touch with fionadonald4@gmail.com and perhaps a few could go together.


CONGRATULATION ON THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF

Abigail Grace Hunter born Thursday 3rd March weighing 6lb 14oz 3/4 to Claire and Barry Hunter Little sister to the late Cameron Hunter.


Maggie Janet Pottinger born Monday 7th March weighing 7lb 7oz to Marie Manson and Steve Pottinger. Little sister to Rhona, William Dionne and the late Kieran.


Ernest David Ian MacIntyre born on Sunday 26th March weighing 7lbs 1/2oz, to Chloe and Malcolm McIntyre. Little brother to Robin and the late Ivy.

Sarah Elizabeth McLeman born 18th January weighing4lb 5oz to Kelly and Mike little sister to Stuart and the late Donald.

Isla McNab born on 5th April weighing 6lb 3/4oz to Kimberly and Paul. Little sister to Evie and the late Raithan.

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.

 

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

100.00 from Peter Vardy company. Every time a new member of staff starts with them they give them the opportunity to chose a charity to donate money to and someone chose SANDS.

1340.00 from Adam Fraser which is the balance of donation received via the Just Giving page in memory of his and Debbie's precious son Peter.


25.00 from Mrs J Masson in Pitmedden.


200.00 from Peterhead Academy YPI project Jade Leonard and her school friends

40.00 from Rosemary and Robert Fraser and family for Gemma and Sarah's birthday precious babies of Fiona and George Donald.

1224.84 from Aberdeen city council.

806.76 from the Aberdeen SAND Just Giving page. Thank you to all who have donated over the last few years.

FUNDRAISING

2777.13 raised by Rhona Bain and team who took part in the 2015 - Inverness Half Marathon. Rhona requested that 50% of her fundraising should be for the benefit of Aberdeen Sands


Rebekah Mackenzie from her events in memory of her son Adam in 2015 which were Adam's Tea Party 592.50 and Adam's Halloween Tea Party 70.00.


178.00. cheque from Jog Scotland, Bridge of Don they did a fundraiser and decided to donate the monies to our group.


1189.78 from Kerry Singer who took part in the 2015 - Sober for October.


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

MEETINGS

MORAY SANDS
The Moray meetings are to be held in UGIE HOUSE HOTEL at 7.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

SHETLAND SANDS SUPPORT MEETINGS
We have set up a group in Shetland. For more information please telephone: 07341945028 or email shetlandsands@hotmail.com

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

CHAPLANCY DATES

Quarterly Memorial Services for early miscarried babies at 10.50am East Chapel Aberdeen Crematorium.

Wednesday 29th June 2016
Wednesday 28th September 2016