The Gift of Time to Mackay Parents

2015 was a big year for the Sands group in Mackay with the group raising over $7000 to purchase two Cuddle Cots for their local hospitals.

A Cuddle Cot is a special cooling unit that gives bereaved parents the option of spending extra time with their baby. Using the Cuddle Cot means baby can be kept in the room with them, allowing that extra time to make memories. Time to hold and love their baby, time to allow family to visit and time to capture small mementos like photos and feet and hand prints.

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The group held a Hoy and Cent Sale, a Mackay traditional fundraising event, as well as raffles and stalls at various local markets. The response from the community was overwhelmingly positive with many individuals and businesses donating items and money to the cause.

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Community Stall

 

Old fashioned Hoy and Cent Sale

Old fashioned Hoy and Cent Sale

The lovely Roz from Arozona donated the proceeds of her market day to Sands, Instagram store owner Yvette Williams from Adam & Yves held an auction and donated the proceeds, Mary Noonan held an Easter Egg Hunt, Annette Boyd from Mackay Base Hospital held a raffle, the QCWA Mackay gave support wherever they could.

 

Easter Egg Hunt and Raffle

Easter Egg Hunt and Raffle

A huge thank you goes to Zonta Mackay who donated $2000, which gave us the last push to get enough funds for the second Cuddle Cot.

Cheque Presentation at Sands Walk to Remember

Cheque Presentation at Sands Walk to Remember

Of course there was also the support from the Sands Mackay families who supported and gave in memory of their babies.

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In August we purchased and delivered the first Cuddle Cot to Mackay Base Hospital. The local TV station, Channel 7 covered two stories about the Cot and our local group fundraising, helping increase awareness of the importance for support for bereaved parents and the role Sands plays in that support. The second cot was delivered to Mater Mackay and received by midwife Michelle Dodds. Both hospitals also received memory bags and bereavement clothing from the SandsQ Butterfly program.

Cuddle Cot donation to Mackay Base

Cuddle Cot donation to Mackay Base

 

Cuddle Cot donation to Mater Mackay

Cuddle Cot donation to Mater Mackay

 

Thank you to all who contributed to making this possible.

 

Further Information

Julie Thompson is a Sands Parent Supporter based in Mackay. Support meetings are held at the Mackay Women’s Centre the 4th Tuesday of each month. For more details go to this link HERE

The Mackay Walk to Remember is held each October as part of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month. To find out when the next walk is visit the Sands Queensland Walk to Remember page HERE

Sign up to the Sands Queensland eNews for the Mackay region HERE

If you would like to fundraise for a Cuddle Cot at your hospital, contact events@sandsqld.org.au to find out how Sands can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rockhampton Butterfly fundraises for a Cuddle Cot

After the success of the Cairns Cuddle Cot fundraiser, several parents have approached Sands Queensland to help them fundraise for a cuddle cot at their local hospital.

Marga is the Butterfly Coordinator at Rockhampton, providing the Sands Queensland memory bag to Rockhampton Base and is proudly organising fundraising for the next Cuddle Cot through Sands.

‘Hi my name is Marga and I am the mother of two beautiful children.  I had never heard of Sands until I had the heartbreak of losing my daughter Paige, which was the most amazing yet saddest time of my life. Over the years I have found myself wanting to get involved in something that would help me through my grief and do something my children and family would be proud of but most of all to honour the memory of Paige; so when the opportunity to become a Butterfly Coordinator was made available for Sands Queensland I didn’t give it a second thought.  To be apart of this program that makes such beautiful gifts for bereaved parents has been the best decision I have made.’

Marga Quinlan on her role as Butterfly Coordinator for Sands Queensland

Equipping a hospital with a Cuddle Cot system is about giving bereaved parents a choice on how they spend their time with baby. The system allows the baby to be kept cool, without being taken away from parents and family, so they can spend the time they need with their baby. As any bereaved parent will tell you, more time is what is wanted most. It allows more time for parents to collect memories such as photos, prints, casts, and even introducing baby to family.

If you are a member of Sands Queensland you can join the fundraising team at Every Day Hero by emailing events@sandsqld.com

or if you would like to support this cause and make a tax deductible donation

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Cold Cot Delivered to Cairns Base Hospital from Sands Queensland

Today our Sands Queensland group in Cairns delivered the cold cot unit we have been fundraising for to the Birth Suite at Cairns Hospital.

This is the first time our group in Cairns has undertaken a big fundraising drive like this. At first raising just over $3000 seemed really daunting and we thought we might just raise the money in time for the Walk to Remember in October. However the community response to this has been amazing, not only did we raise enough money for the cold-cot, we also raised enough to buy a good quality camera, a stock of USB sticks and some printing accessories to go with it.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people in the community who made donations to the Everyday Hero pages. Without their donations we wouldn’t have been able to make this worthwhile purchase for the hospital. It was really clear from the fundraising pages that a large proportion of the donors were bereaved parents themselves, family members, or knew someone that had experienced the death of a baby. Everyone who donated was so supportive of the purchase of the unit.

We would also like to say thank you to all the people who facilitated the everyday hero pages where the donations came through: Kate who raised funds through Team Fletcher, Melissa who raised funds through Team Harry and Nerissa’s Team Milaya who facilitated the Cold Cot for Cairns Base page. Rachelle Johnson also participated in the Cairns 70.3 and raised money in the process. Rachelle received fantastic support from the community and in particular Bluewater, a local Cairns business, made a sizeable donation towards the cause. Also thank you to the midwives from the birth suite that held a sausage sizzle and donated the funds towards the cot and to everyone in the Sands crew who manned the car-boot sale stall.

As with many things at Sands Queensland the process of this fundraiser has been just as important as the goal. For Sands Queensland it’s about starting conversations around pregnancy and infant loss and raising awareness that support is out there for families. This fundraiser allowed us to achieve that.

We feel extremely proud that we have staff here at the Cairns hospital who understand how important it is for parents to have choices about how, when and how much time they would like to spend with their baby. That’s exactly what this unit will do, it will give parents choices.

What an amazing achievement Cairns, well done!!!

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