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We so happy to be expecting our first baby! All those plans and preparations! We simply couldn’t wait!
However on 20th May 2008 our world came crashing down around us as, at 40w+5, we were told the devastating news that our baby had died. Caroline delivered Nathan Michael on 22nd May. He was just beautiful and weighed 7lb 1oz.
In February 2009, we lost our second baby at nearly 18 weeks. Once again, the pain felt cannot be described.
Until we lost our angels, we never realised how common this was. Until we came into contact with SANDS, we thought we were so alone.
SANDS, (Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society) was founded in 1978. It was set up by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies and in particular by what they felt at the time was a complete lack of acknowledgement and understanding of the significance and impact of their loss.
Incredibly in the UK today, in spite of medical advances, many parents continue to have their lives turned upside down by the death of their baby. 17 babies a day are stillborn or die within the first twenty eight days of life.
At SANDS their mission is to:
- support anyone affected by the death of a baby;
- work with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services provided to bereaved parents and their families;
- promote changes in antenatal practice and fund research that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives.
SANDS is determined to meet the growing need for our support services. With your help we believe we can also prevent more babies from dying.
To raise money for SANDS, I have decided to do two events - I will run the Wolverhampton Half Marathon on 6th September 2009 and also the Leicester Full Marathon on 11th October 2009. I really want to make an effort to contribute to the charity from which we have had so much support in the last year. The money I raise will be split between National SANDS and Shropshire SANDS 50:50.
I hope to raise £1500.00 for SANDS.
Please donate generously. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.