Charity which is aiming to help bereaved parents

I’m writing to you after reading the sad news about the disbanding of the Borders SANDS group.

I thought your readers would like to know about the work SiMBA is doing to help bereaved parents, including a small support group which meets on the first Wednesday of every month in Old Gala House, Galashiels.

SiMBA aims to supply Memory Boxes to every maternity unit in Scotland, including Borders General Hospital, and created a Tree of Tranquility in the gardens of Old Gala House as a symbol of remembrance to babies. SiMBA also supports the education of maternity staff and students to work towards the best care possible for bereaved parents.

As someone who was given a precious memory box when our baby died in 2008, I’ve personally found SiMBA’s ongoing support invaluable. I’ve met some remarkable people and we have supported each other in our grief.

I’d urge anyone who is unfortunate enough to be, or knows someone, faced with the death or miscarriage of their baby to remember SiMBA is there to either provide memories in the form of a Memory Box, a leaf of the Tree of Tranquility or through peer support at a group meeting.

SiMBA can be found on Facebook or emailed at

Jane Somers