Sands – One of Willow Cottage’s Chosen Charities 2017/18

In recognition of the wonderful work that the charity Sands does, we have decided to support them with our charity work this year.

Sands’ vision

Every day in the UK alone, 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth.

Our vision is for a world where fewer babies die and when a baby dies anyone affected by the death receives the best care and support for as long as they need. Parents and families who have experienced baby death remain at the core of everything we do.

Sands’ Commitments

By 2020 we will:

  • reduce the number of babies dying by at least 20%
  • have a bereavement lead in every trust or health board and at least one bereavement suite in every hospital
  • implement a National Bereavement Care Pathway to make sure that every parent receives equally excellent bereavement care
  • ensure a high-quality review of care is carried out, in partnership with parents, after every baby’s death
  • raise awareness of the issues surrounding stillbirth and neonatal death and to reduce the taboo associated with these deaths
  • ensure every bereaved parent receives a free memory box

Sands’ Objectives

To achieve our vision and make good on our commitments, we’ve outlined the following four key objectives.

  • To reduce the number of babies dying before, during and shortly after birth
  • To ensure the right care and support is available at the right time after the death of a baby
  • To grow as one strong, sustainable and effective organisation
  • To raise awareness of the issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death

For more information, please see the Sands website.