Meet The Stockport Sands group that offer support to bereaved parents

Bereaved mums and dads in Stockport and High Peak areas are inviting people who have been affected by the death of a baby, to come along to the re-launch of the local Sands (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity) support group.

The Stockport group supports parents whose baby has died before, during or shortly after birth. The first meeting will take place on Friday 30 June at the Torkington Centre, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4PY from 7pm-9pm.

The group is re-launching to provide more support for bereaved parents than ever before, and will allow the committee to strengthen the already positive links within the community and at Stepping Hill and Macclesfield hospitals.

After the re-launch, regular support meetings will take place every month at the Torkington Centre, and bereaved parents are more than welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

Sands groups are run on a voluntary basis by people who have themselves experienced the death of a baby.

Natalie Englestone, Chair of Stockport Sands, said: “Our support group is gentle, warm and informal and we offer support to anyone who has suffered the death of a baby through late miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and interruption of pregnancy due to abnormality. Everyone is welcome. You can cry. You can smile. You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to. We want you to know that you are not alone and that you are guaranteed a warm reception from other bereaved parents who understand.”

Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands, said: “We hope that the Stockport Sands group will go from strength to strength in helping and supporting bereaved parents and their families at a devastating time for them. Many bereaved parents tell us that other parents who have experienced the death of a baby are able to offer real understanding and empathy.

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