This has been an extraordinary year, a year of challenges that we could never have envisaged and as it draws to a close it is lovely to share some very happy news with you. We are very proud to announce that following successful fundraising we have now installed our 10th Tree of Tranquillity in the beautiful grounds of the Crichton Trust in Dumfries.
The Dumfries Tree of Tranquillity itself, plaque and bench were installed on the 30th of November and final ground works are due to be completed next week. We would like to thank everyone at the Crichton Trust who welcomed this project and landscaped the area surrounding the Tree so beautifully for us.
Pictured above : Gordon Clark, Crichton Trust with fundraisers Jill Cameron, Lauren Brydson and Sara Fitzsimmons, CEO, SiMBA
Gwilym Gibbons, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust said:“The Crichton has long been a place of peace and reflection. We are humbled that the grounds have been chosen as a home for a Tree of Tranquillity and all the loved and lost lives it will represent. We believe the surroundings of The Crichton will through the seasons provide a beautiful backdrop to such a very special Tree”.
A special thank you also goes to stonemason Steven Jackson who donated this beautiful memorial stone to the site.
Pictured above the D&G Fundraising Committee
“The D&G Committee came together to support Lauren and in turn supported SiMBA to raise over £27,000 with the support of the local community, other fundraisers and donors, which pushed this project into completion within a very short period of time. The amount of support locally for this project has been incredible, it shows just how much this beautiful memorial means to everyone in Dumfries and Galloway.” Sara Fitzsimmons, MBE, MBA, RM, Chief Executive Officer, SiMBA
We would like to thank Lauren Brydson and the "D&G Baby Loss Awareness Tree Committee" (Jill Cameron, Karen Little, Becky Little, Lindsay Temlett, Nicole Clark, Rachael Brown, Louise Copeland and Claire Burgess), Lynsi Mills and everyone who has fundraised and donated to support this project.
“This beautiful tree acts as a memorial to not only those who have been recently bereaved but also to those who were affected by baby loss many years ago. It provides sometimes the first opportunity for parents and family members to write down baby’s name, giving recognition to historic losses which is so very important.” Sara Fitzsimmons, MBE, MBA, RM, Chief Executive Officer, SiMBA
To request a leaf for the Dumfries Tree of Tranquillity CLICK HERE and select “Dumfries”
As soon as you request a leaf for our Tree of Tranquillity we will add your details to our database to be held indefinitely so that you can return your leaf to us whenever you feel ready. We will also let you know when leaves are being attached, make you aware of any awareness events at your preferred tree location (i.e our annual Butterfly Releases) and we will inform you of any incidents or damage should these occur.
When your leaf is sent to you we will include details of our recommended engraver(s). These are individual(s) that we have spoken with who understand the importance of the Tree of Tranquillity and the leaf that you are entrusting them to engrave (however you are welcome to take your leaf to an engraver of your choice).
Once your leaf has been engraved, please return it to SiMBA in the packaging provided, remember to include your completed "Return a Leaf" form!
We will add any leaves as soon as we can in line with current guidelines. As soon as your leaf has been attached we will send you a photograph of your leaf on the Tree of Tranquillity so that you can see exactly where it has been positioned.
If you would like to speak to SiMBA about your leaf for the Tree of Tranquillity please email email@example.com.