SiMBA NEEDS YOUR VOTE. #voteSiMBA Our charity is in the final stage to be Sainsbury’s, Cameron Toll, Edinburgh, Charity of 2017-2018.

Public voting is from the 12th – 25th of June 2017, you can vote in Sainsbury's, Cameron Toll store at the voting station, or vote online it takes less than 30 seconds to vote in just 3 easy steps :

https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/
search: Cameron Toll in the search bar
click: SiMBA

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOTE AND ASK FAMILY, FRIENDS AND WORK COLLEAGUES TO VOTE TOO.

SiMBA is still classed as a small charity but we reach out to a large community, the community of baby loss. Baby loss affects more than just the immediate family, it affects extended family, friends and work colleagues and staff involved in the care of parents. Many people don’t know what to say when someone’s baby dies, often avoiding talking about it, not out of ignorance, but just worried that they will say the wrong thing. We need to break that taboo and that’s where working with an organisation such as Sainsbury’s can help break that taboo. Sainsbury’s can show the community that they can support a charity such as ours, showing it’s ok to talk about baby loss and when we do we are giving support to so many people. People often think we are a charity that deals with a sad subject, yes, we can’t change the sad of losing a baby, but together we can change how people feel and approach the subject. SiMBA are about making time with a baby positive, making the most precious of memories, creating a Memory Box that parents can treasure forever, and remembering their baby in a positive, focused way.

SiMBA can offer Sainsbury’s an awareness programme for employees, we will talk to staff, we will offer a return to work programme, this programme is about how to talk to someone who has lost a baby and how do they integrate back into the workplace. This is extremely useful for employees/employers knowing what to say and do. Acknowledging baby loss at any stage of pregnancy or soon after birth has been shown through research, to give a more fulfilling and positive work relationship. This isn’t just for mothers, it’s for fathers, grandparents and other family members.

Shoppers, we would hold awareness days, positive days showing customers that there is a charity that they can reach out to. Do customers know about our support group in Edinburgh and across Scotland and the online support services that we have? We can bring awareness about these in store. We have annual butterfly releases for all the family and services during baby loss awareness week in October, awareness stands to the build-up would be fantastic support to those who have lost a baby not only recently but many years ago. We have a connection already, we use Sainsbury’s Lavender and Geranium tea lights in our SiMBA tea light holder which go into all our large Memory Boxes, when they are getting putt together by our volunteers our office smells amazing.

One of the biggest goals for us being Sainsbury’s Cameron Toll’s charity partner would be raising awareness. We would have information stands throughout the year, we can let people know about the connection we have at Simpsons in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where we have had our Memory Boxes since 2006 and we are currently working on our second family room project within the unit. We also work throughout, Scotland and the UK so visitors to the store can take their knowledge of meeting us back to their home town.

SiMBA donate Memory Boxes so parents no longer leave the hospital empty handed after losing a baby, we provide many means of support, groups and online. We have five Trees of Tranquillity, a life-sized copper sculpture, each leaf engraved honouring a baby. We refurbish family rooms, so parents have a tranquil place to spend time with their baby, creating the most precious of memories. We provide training for students and hospital staff help to enhance the bereavement services that are currently available.

Please #voteSiMBA and help us make a real difference, Thank you.