With 14 babies dying every day in the UK, it's likely that at least one family in your school will have personally been affected - probably even more.
Help us break the silence around baby loss by opening up the conversation and getting your school fundraising for Sands.
How can I help?
Sands exists because sadly, 14 babies die every day in the UK. We provide support in lots of different ways so that when this happens, families don’t have to face this tragedy alone. We also fund research into reducing the number of babies who die every day, and campaign at a national level for better maternity and bereavement care.
But we couldn’t do any of this without the support of our community. Schools are pillars of this community, which is why we need your help.
£140 could provide one full day of bereavement care training for healthcare professionals and NHS staff
£580 could keep our helpline open and free for another day for those in need of support
£840 could sponsor an entire day of training for 20 midwives
£1,000 could keep a local peer support group running for six months
£2,500 could support Sands' involvement in an innovative new research study to help save babies’ lives
What can I do?
Whether you're a parent, teacher or student, get your school involved. By choosing to support Sands, you can make sure we are here for bereaved families so that no one has to go through losing a baby alone.
There’s so many different things you could do to raise funds, so whether you fancy planning one of our tried and tested events below or using your imagination and coming up with something totally unique, we will support you every step of the way.
Bake for Sands
Raise some dough by organising a bake sale in the playground. We’ve got everything you knead to make it a success, from posters, menus and invites to edible cake toppers.
Hold your own sponsored Starlight Walk around the school field or the local park. We can provide paper lantern bags which can be decorated in advance to make for a very special sight.
Make your fundraising meaningful and take part in Challenge 14. Come up with your own challenge linked to number 14. You could do 14 minutes of sponsored exercise each day; create artwork of the number 14 and display it in a gallery and sell tickets to parents; give each class £14 and ask them to grow it as much as possible in one week … the possibilities are endless.
Wear Pink and Blue
Baby Loss Awareness Week falls in October every year, and to mark the week, we turn everything pink and blue. Invite your school to come in wearing only pink and blue for the day in exchange for a donation.
Whether you have a collection at the door of the nativity or carol concert, a stall at the Christmas fair or get everyone to don their Christmas jumpers for the day, there’s lots of opportunities to fundraise at the most wonderful time of the year!
My Marathon My Way
There’s few things as memorable as running a marathon but little legs might not be up for it all in one go! Take on 26.2 miles with your class your own way. You could do it in one day and add up everyone’s distance until you get to 26.2 miles, or you could aim for everyone to run the full distance over a term.
How should I talk about Sands and baby loss?
It can be hard to know the right thing to say when talking about baby loss to younger people.
You also might find that it brings up emotions or grief within yourself that can feel difficult to manage.
Our trained bereavement support team on our helpline are here to help, whether you need advice on how to talk about Sands and our work to younger children, or need to reach out for support yourself. You can reach them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0808 164 3332.
You might also want to know how to support a colleague who has experienced losing a baby. You can sign your staff team up for our Bereavement in the Workplace training here.
What help can you provide?
Whether you need banners and balloons, guidance on what to say about Sands in your school assembly or help turning your idea into a reality, our friendly fundraising team are here to chat.
In the meantime, you can download some resources that might be helpful here: