6 Towns Radio and Staffordshire SANDS

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Thursday 17th October 2013 was an exciting day for the committee members of Staffordshire SANDS, as we were invited to the studio of 6 Towns radio, Stoke on Trent to be interviewed about the charity and explain what Staffordshire SANDS is within the community.

Josephine Ashton and Laura Jane Quick we happy to be interviewed on the 6 Towns Radio Parental Patter programme to explain why Staffordshire SANDS was set up, our involvement with University Hospital of North Staffordshire and how we can help bereaved families who have lost babies during pregnancy, birth or shortly after.

A few weeks ago Laura sent an email to Six Towns Radio, Burslem, Stoke on Trent asking if they would be able to help promote Staffordshire SANDS in any way and before receiving this communication they were unaware that our organisation existed. When Carol Lovatt contacted Laura to find out more about our charity, she explained that although she had never heard of Staffordshire SANDS she was very interested in finding out more about the charity, promoting our work and assisting in any way she can.

It was an honour for Laura and Josephine to be invited onto Carol’s radio show which runs every Thursday from 12:00noon until 2:00pm, the show is called Parental Patter and can be found on Facebook… the show is described as:

Parental Patter on 6 Towns Radio is a show specially for new mums, new dads, grandparents and individuals involved with caregiving to children from 0-18, featuring professionals offering advice on a wide variety of subjects, from breastfeeding, potty training to health, wellbeing, education and entertainment.

The show is guaranteed to help you with the daily joys and challenges of parenthood and is presented by Carol Lovatt.

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The interview began with Josephine and Laura explaining that Staffordshire SANDS was set up in July 2012 and although a part of the UK SANDS group, we are solely responsible for our own fundraising, advertising, raising awareness and working within our local community. That said we do have to adhere to the regulations and protocol of UK SANDS.

Staffordshire SANDS offers support to bereaved families who have lost their baby during pregnancy, childbirth or during those early days… we raise funds at various events to allow us to be able to provide the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with memory boxes which are given to bereaved parents, each box contains small items which can be kept by the parents or indeed laid to rest with their precious baby. Staffordshire SANDS are currently looking for experience knitters to get in touch to help with knitting small baby blankets to be included in these memory boxes.

We had a very relaxed and informal chat with Carol, explaining all about the work Staffordshire SANDS does within the community and the support we desperately need to reach a wider audience and get to the families who need our support. Staffordshire SANDS is not just for bereaved parents but for anyone who has been affected by baby loss… grandparents, siblings, members of the wider family network and close friends. We are here for anyone who may need our support.

Staffordshire SANDS is lucky enough to be the chosen Charity Of The Year of the Kidsgrove Mayor, Councillor Kyle Robinson and as such we have many events coming up in the Kidsgrove area, proceeds from each will be going directly to Staffordshire SANDS.

31st October 2013 – 8:00pm until 2:00am
Ghost Hunters Of Stoke On Trent are investigating Kidsgrove Town Hall
Tickets are priced at £25.00 and this is an over 18’s only event

1st November 2013 – 7:00pm until 11:00pm
Halloween Party at Kidsgrove Town Hall
Tickets are priced at £5 per adult, £3 per child or £14 per family

7th November 2013 starting at 7:15pm
Kidsgrove Community Choir presents an Evening of Seasonal Music
St Thomas’ Church, Kidsgrove
Tickets are £5.00 per adult and £3.00 per child

9th November 2013
1940’s Dance at Kidsgrove Town Hall
Tickets are £9.00 each

30th November 2013 – 10:00am until 4:00pm
Victorian Christmas Market, Kidsgrove Town Hall

31st December 2013 – 8:00pm – 1:00am
Kidsgrove Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party
Tickets are £10.00 per adult, £6.00 per child under 11years

Staffordshire SANDS will also have our information and merchandise stall at the Huggies Day Nursery Christmas event on Friday 1st November 2013 alongside many other local businesses, this is taking place in the premises of Huggies Day Nursery, Bradwell.

If you have suffered the loss of a baby within your family and would like to speak to someone within the Staffordshire SANDS committee please contact us via the following methods:

Staffordshire SANDS on Facebook

Email us at staffordshire_sands@yahoo.com

Visit the Staffordshire SANDS website

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