Brighton artist helps to raise funds for Sands
Brighton artist, Lyn Rohde teamed up with Kemptown restaurateurs Simon and Emily Ashley to help raise funds for Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society (Sands).
The Rock Street restaurant, Busby & Wild hosted an exhibition of Lyn’s paintings, many of which are Brighton-themed, raising more than £120 for the charity through proceeds raised.
“We are delighted with this generous donation from Lyn, with the help of Simon and Emily,” said Michelle Simpson, chairperson of Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing Sands. “The funds will enable us to continue to provide much-needed support to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby - more than 100 babies die every week in the UK. ”
Sands provides a befriender service for parents and families in Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing through its monthly support groups, face to face, email and telephone support services. It also provides support to the Royal Sussex and Worthing hospitals through training and support for midwives so they are better prepared to care for those who experience the loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. You can find out more about Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing Sands at brighton-eastbourne-worthing.sands.org.uk
Volunteer Befrienders Needed
Brighton, Eastbourne & Worthing Sands is a small group which relies heavily on the dedication of its valued volunteers to provide the level of services that parents and their families need when they experience the death of their baby. We are part of a national Charity, Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society. We provide support in the Brighton & Hove, Worthing and Easbourne areas.
The effort and the availability of our volunteer befrienders varies. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated as we are only a very small group covering a large area. Our befrienders have lost babies in the past and will receive full training in order to listen and talk with bereaved parents and families by phone, email or face to face. They may also run or assist at support group meetings once a month at locations in Hove and Worthing, where bereaved parents can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Sands Awareness Month
June is Sands awareness month, during which the national charity raises awareness of the stillbirth and neonatal death and break the silence around this unique kind of bereavement. Find out more about the work of Sands and its Why? campaign, which calls for more to be done to reduce the unnaceptable levels of stillbirth in this country.
If you're a bereaved parent living in Brighton & Hove or Worthing you can speak to one of our trained befrienders, either face to face, on the phone or by email.
All our befrienders are trained volunteers who have lost a baby. Find out more about the support we offer.