Sands is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive from health care and other professionals; and reduce the number of babies who do die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer babies die.
Sands was founded by bereaved parents in 1978 who found that there was no access to support following the deaths of their babies. Since then Sands has grown, but parents who have experienced baby death are still at the core of everything we do.
We are made up of staff and volunteers. The Sands Helpline works together with our local volunteer Groups and befrienders to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby has access to compassionate, experienced support.
Our Improving Bereavement Care team, with support from Sands Groups, trains Health Care Professionals to offer appropriate care to parents when their baby dies.
Thanks to the hard work of our supporters, we are also able to fund research to help answer the questions that surround stillbirth and neonatal death. We fund some research directly and support other studies by helping to recruit participants or acting as co-applicants on funding applications.