About Derby SandsDerby Sands is one of over 100 local branches of the national charity Sands, registered charity number 299679. The head office of national Sands is based in London: to visit national Sands website please click here.Derby Sands has been in existence for over 20 years and since approximately 2008 the group has grown and grown, becoming much more than just a support group.Derby Sand strives to work towards the three core aims of national Sands:1. To provide emotional supportand practical help to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.2. To work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of careand services offered to bereaved families.3. To promote research and changes in practicethat could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives.On November 26th2014 Kirsty Wiser took over from Lou Evans as Chair of Derby Sands. Kirsty is supported by a committee of 8 other Derby Sands members, who meet up once every two to three months to discuss issues such as fundraising, raising awareness, improving bereavement care at the hospital and in the community, feedback from national Sands and latest research.About our Committee MembersKirsty Wiser has been a member of Derby Sands since January 2014 after her second son, James was stillborn at 38 weeks in January 2012. She has since had a third boy in March 2013. Kirsty completed her befriender training in July 2014 and took over the role of Chair of Derby Sands in November 2014.Lesley Boreham: iis one of our Derby Sands grandparents. Lesley's granddaughter Gwen was born at full term on April 8th 2011 but died the following day. Lesley joined Sands in the summer of 2011 and completed her befriender training in July 2014. She became a member of the committee and took over the role of treasurer from Lou in November 2014. Lesley completed her advanced befriender training in November 2015.Kelly Bolam has been a member of Derby Sands since July 2013 after her second child, Alice was stillborn at 32 weeks in May 2013. She completed her Initial Befriender training in July 2014 and Advanced Befriender training in November 2015, is an active fundraiser and works alongside Lou Evans in co-ordinating the names and maintaining the Derby Sands Baby Memorial Garden.Lou Evans has been a member of Derby Sands since Feb 2009, after her second child, Lauren was stillborn at 36 weeks in Jan 2009. She has completed her Initial and Advanced Befriender training and was the Chair and Treasurer of Derby Sands from June 2011 – Nov 2014. Lou organises the memory boxes and is the Derby Sands Baby Memorial Garden co-ordinator.Gabi Stenson joined Derby Sands after her first child, Boo was born asleep at 22 weeks in March 2010. Sadly, Gabi has since experienced three ectopic pregnancies. She has completed her Initial Befriender Training.Betty Clarke has been a member of Derby Sands since April 2011, after her granddaughter Frankie was stillborn at 39 weeks in February 2011. Her daughter has since had another baby girl. She has completed her Initial Befriender Training and is one of our fund-raising co-ordinators.Kim Weir has been a very active member of Portsmouth Sands for the last few years, completing her Initial Befriender training and helping to run the group. Kim moved to Derby in 2014 and joined our committee in November 2014. Kim’s first baby, Michael was stillborn in September 1988Michelle Wakefield joined Derby Sands in September 2013 after her first baby, Henry died aged one day old in July 2013. Michelle is one of our fundraising co-ordinators.Kate Ivesjoined Derby Sands in October 2015 after the stillbirth of her first baby Martha in June 2013. Kate has since had a baby boy in February 2015 and is undertaking her befriender training soon.
Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby andpromoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives