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Music & Stories for Sleeping Babies, December 6th 2014

The aim of this concert is to raise funds to support the project "Stories for Sleeping Babies". The stories are written to support families who have lost a baby, creating magical memories and helping parents discuss the sensitive subject of baby loss with siblings.

 

Come and spend the evening with us. On the programme: - Live Music, original covers and Christmas songs - Story telling in the "children's corner", children are welcome to come dressed in their PJ or in their favourite dress-up costumes (minded by Story for Sleeping Babies Volunteers, all CRB checked) -Face Painting -Ruffle tickets & Gorgeous Prizes (Lindt, Creme de la Mer, Free Haircut, Free Beauty Treatment etc). - Gift corner. Please spread the words, tickets selling fast!

Saturday, 6 December 2014 from 20:00 to 22:00 (GMT)
Church of the Holy Spirit
Narbonne Ave
Narbonne Avenue
SW4 9LQ London
United Kingdom

 

Book here.

 

Service of Remembering, October 26th 2014

You are warmly invited to a Service of Remembering for those who have had a pregnancy loss or whose babies were stillborn or died here at the Royal Free Hospital.

 

This will be held on Sunday 26th October at 2.00 pm in the Hospital Chapel on the Lower Ground Floor and will last about 30 minutes. During the service, with the permission of parents, the names of babies are read out and candles are lit. The updated Book of Remembrance will also be on view.

 

We hope that you will be able to attend the service and that we can meet together for refreshments afterwards. Your family and friends are also most welcome. If you could kindly return the reply slip (below) by no later than Monday 20th October, this will help us with arrangements. Whether or not you are able to join us, please also indicate whether you wish to have the name(s) of your baby (babies) read out. If you are unable to join us, please be assured that we will be thinking of you on the day.

 

Please note that due to changes within the trust, which now includes Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, this will be the last service in our current pattern.  If next year you wish to find out what arrangements are in place, you can either email us at rfh.chaplaincy@nhs.net or refer to the details which will be posted on the trust website www.royalfree.nhs.uk

 

The Rev’d Julia Wiktorska
Deputy Lead Chaplain
(on behalf of the Chaplaincy-Spiritual Care Team)

 

Reply slip with request for entry of baby (babies) names in the Book of Remembrance

Reply slip without request for entry of baby (babies) names in the Book of Remembrance

 

Support meetings:

Evening support meetings run from 8-10pm and there is always at least one Befriender present. If venues or hosts change, we will of course let you know in advance.


For further details of the Evening Support Meetings and the address of those in Chiswick do not hesitate to contact us - Lynn Lacey & Colette Murphy co-chairs of West London Sands
Tel: 07905 714415 Email: infoatwls@btinternet.com


Evening meeting: Thursday 27th November 8 - 10, Acton Green Ch Hall, Cunnington St W45ER
Daytime meeting: Friday 12th December 11 - 1pm, Barrowgate Road, Chiswick
Evening meeting: Thursday 18th December 8 - 10, Acton Green Ch Hall, Cunnington St W45ER

 

More details of the address, when it's a private home, are sent by email the week before the meeting.

 

West London Sands seeks volunteer befrienders:

Sands is seeking volunteer Befrienders in the West London area. 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK and the organisation is keen to improve its help for bereaved parents. If you would like to know more, please contact Lynn Lacey at lynnlacey10@gmail.com

 

The Sand Rose Project:

Sand Rose is not connected to Sands/WLS but has a similar name by coincidence. This charity has 3 cottages with beautiful peaceful gardens in Cornwall where families affected by any bereavement can stay for free. They have a website at www.sandrose.org.uk

They offer one or two week breaks in Cornwall and they can also offer short breaks if needed.

 

The Sand Rose Project works through a nomination process. All requests for a break must be supported by a nominee. WLS as an organisation can nominate parents or families, so if you feel that anyone you know would benefit from a break we could nominate them. The charity are very clear to say that it’s not a ‘holiday’ but a peaceful break.

 

They usually book 3 – 6 months in advance.

 

Subsidised travel costs are available upon request.

 

If/when you have anyone in mind and if you have further questions, please feel free to call

0845 6076357 Office hours, Monday and Wednesday 9am – 3pm


 

 

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