A Message from our CEO, Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, RM
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This month we are celebrating 15 years as a charity thanks to supporters like you.
 
It was through working as a Midwife and seeing the minimal memory making opportunities bereaved families were having with their baby, that I decided to approach friends to help me with fundraising so we could introduce Memory Boxes into the Hospital where I worked. The last 15 years has been an incredible journey involving so many wonderful people. 
 
In that time, we have donated more than 30,000 Memory Boxes, which is an extremely sad number. However, without SiMBA, those families would have left the Hospital with nothing to honour their baby.
 
We have installed 8 Trees of Tranquillity with 2 more due to be installed this year, completed 9 Family Room refurbishments, run volunteer-led Support Groups for 10 years, hosted 46 Butterfly Releases and 24 Wave of Light Services, held many drop-in learning sessions in partnership with Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), and delivered 23 free Person Centered Bereavement & Palliative Care Study Days.
 
It’s taken tremendous teamwork to ensure that we continue to donate our Memory Boxes to Hospitals, across the UK and Ireland, and continued to run our Support Groups (although virtually), all with new challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
We are blessed with the most amazing team, volunteers and crafters who we cannot thank enough for their outstanding support over the last 15 years which has continued throughout more recent challenging times.
 
Massive thanks and appreciation to all those who have fundraised, donated and continue to support our charity, and a big shout out to everyone who took part in the Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend (11-13 Sept). There were 68 SiMBA walkers from across the UK, and between you, you have raised an outstanding £31,034.78We cannot thank you enough for your support at this time. You truly are #SiMBAchampions! 
 
Demand for our Memory Boxes and on-line support groups has continued to increase as we reach more Hospitals and more bereaved families, however, our fundraising and donation levels have dramatically dropped. 
 
We'd like to keep going and growing for the next 15 years. Please join us, if you can, by taking up a free SiMBA place in the Virtual Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) or helping by making a donation to Keep The Candle Burning so that we can continue to support bereaved families in the best way we can in the years ahead. 

Free SiMBA places for the 2020 EMF Virtual Challenge during October to Keep The Candle Burning for SiMBA

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Could you join #TeamSiMBA to help us to walk or run 5,479K during October?
 
If we had walked 1km for every day that SiMBA has been here to support bereaved families we would have covered 5,479km.
 
We have set this incredible milestone as our target for October. We need you to join us and help us to walk/jog/run/fundraise together as part of #TeamSiMBA.  Please help us Keep The Candle Burning so that we are here to support bereaved families for another 15 years.  
 
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) Virtual Challenge can be completed by Thursday 31st December 2020. The chosen distance can be completed in one go, or over a number of days - you are free to choose how you complete your challenge. You can walk, jog, run, the choice is yours! The following distances are available: 
  • Marathon (26miles or 41.8K)
  • Half Marathon (13 miles or 20.9K)
  • Team Relay
  • 10K
  • 5K
  • Junior 5K
  • Junior 2K
  • Junior 1.5K
  • Kids Kilometre
We’ll give every entrant a SiMBA running vest and the EMF will send you a finishers pack (containing a finisher medal and keyring charm, a 2020 finisher t-shirt, a personalised finisher certificate) and you’ll be added to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge finisher's listing on the Edinburgh Marathon website.
 
To claim your free SiMBA charity place for the EMF, you can register directly HERE. Once you've registered, our fundraising team will be in touch to thank you and to support you every step of the way. 
 
If you have any questions about entering, please email: fundraising@simbacharity.org.uk
We're supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week: 9-15 October
Baby Loss Awareness Week (BLAW) takes place annually from the 9th to 15th October to raise awareness for baby loss and the support that is available.
 
This year due to current circumstances, we have been unable to hold our Wave of Light gatherings, so instead, for the first time, we would like to invite everybody who can, to join us virtually for our "Wave of Light” event which will be shared on our YouTube channel & website at around 6.45pm on the 15th of October.
 
We invite you, wherever you are, to join us for this very special service and to light a candle in memory of your baby at 7pm.  
 
SiMBA is a supporter of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance Could you help us to turn the UK pink and blue this October to help raise awareness of baby loss?
 
For more information about our event and how to turn the UK pink and blue, visit our website HERE
 
 
Update on Trees of Tranquillity: Inverclyde and Dumfries
We are glad to share some positive news. Following successful fundraising we are aiming to install our 9th and 10th Trees of Tranquillity in Inverclyde, Gourock Park towards the end of October, and in Dumfries, Crichton Trust by the end of November.
 
To order your leaf for a Tree of Tranquillity visit our website HERE
 
 
Donate to our Keep The Candle Burning campaign
 
We’re always incredibly touched and grateful to receive these donations.
 
You can donate directly to our Keep The Candle Burning campaign via Just Giving HERE.
 
Thank you so much for your support.  It truly makes a difference.
 
'Safe Space' Support Groups for those affected by the loss of a baby
Our Safe Space support groups have provided a vital lifeline to hundreds of individuals who have been affected by baby loss.
 
Our UK and Ireland virtual groups run twice weekly, via zoom, and our groups specifically for those in the Western Isles and the Scottish Borders run monthly. 
 
This is your time to get comfy, grab a cuppa and talk openly, in a safe space, about your experiences and feelings.
 
Whether you are a bereaved family or if you are supporting a friend, family member or colleague following the loss of their baby, we are here to help and support you. Our Safe Space support groups are open to anyone who has been affected by baby loss.
 
To find out more about our online 'Safe Space' support groups please visit our website HERE or email support@simbacharity.org.uk and we will send you the Zoom link.
Remember to Gift Aid your donations
Every time you make a donation or someone sponsors you, this donation could be worth more if a supporter selects 'yes' to Gift Aid it. 
 
The government will add an extra 25p to every £1 donated to us, and it won't cost you or your supporters a penny! 
 
If you're making a donation to us, online, or by cash or cheque, please complete our Gift Aid Declaration form and return to us by post (address below) or scan and email to fundraising@simbacharity.org.uk 
 
Also, if you have any outstanding Sponsor Forms (having sent the donation to us) you can still send them to us for processing.  Charities can claim for a donation within 4 years of the end of the financial period the donations were received in.  As above, please post or email your sponsor forms to us ASAP.  
 
We claim Gift Aid on a monthly basis and the extra 25 pences definitely add up, especially during these testing times.
 
Many thanks again for your continued fundraising efforts and support.
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  • Keep The Candle Burning for SiMBA

    SiMBA is 15 years old this October please donate now to "keep the candle burning" to ensure that we are here for many more years to come.

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  • Join a SiMBA Virtual Support Group

    We are currently running virtual support groups via Zoom. Click through for details of your nearest group and details of how to join our next meeting.

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  • Join a SiMBA closed Facebook Page Group

    We have closed Facebook groups specifically to support those affected by the loss of a baby, a group for men only, grandparents and those who wish to share their babies photos. The groups are available 24 hours a day, giving families access exactly when they need it.

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