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FUNDRAISING AND AWARENESS

We get no regular funding and most of the money we need we have to raise ourselves.  We have developed our own special ‘Smiley Face’ tombolas with special happy/sad faces which we run as a way of raising money, while also having lots of fun.  We engage with our customers and make sure our prizes are good, while offering consolation prizes where appropriate.  In a typical year we would usually run these tombolas at around twenty events and are quite well known now at some of the regular annual ones. 

 

But as well as raising money, these events also help us to raise awareness of baby loss and to create a ‘safe’ environment where people can talk to us about their own baby loss.  Over the years we have chatted to hundreds of bereaved parents, many of whom have rarely or never talked about their babies, but were able to start chatting after coming over to buy tombola tickets.  One mum told us at an event that she had not spoken to anyone about her baby for over forty years – seeing us at a fair and coming over to by some tickets made it easier for her to talk about her special baby, Jennifer.  These activities really are important on both levels.

 

We also give talks and presentations to lots of groups and organisations including Women’s Institutes, Homestart volunteers, Children Centre staff, Samaritans volunteers, retirement and social groups, Scout and Guide volunteers, as well as 500 young people through the National Citizens Service.  Again, these events create safe environments where people can feel comfortable telling us about their own experiences, as well as learning about the figures, and the support available now days.  One talk to 15 people at a WI meeting resulted in several sharing with their group their own stories of baby loss – finding they were not as alone as they thought.

 

If you are involved in any group in East Kent and would like us to come along, please let us know.  We can offer anything from a five-minute slot to a couple of hours.  We never charge and are available weekdays and weekends, daytime and evening.  Do, please, also let us know of any fates and fairs etc. anywhere in East Kent that we could attend with our Smiley Face tombolas!

 

If you would like to get involved in some of our events, perhaps helping at a tombola, or helping with publicity, please get in touch with us for a chat.  We are quite friendly!

 

Donations can be made direct to our bank (account name ‘East Kent Baby Memorial Gardens Group’, sort code 23-05-80, account number 38580124), via

wwwjustgiving.com/ekbmgc

or by post to 36 Loudon Court, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3NE.

Thank you.

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CALENDAR

We have another busy year ahead of us and this is our planned calendar for 2023.  Some of the dates and details may change, and we’ll update and add details as necessary during the year.

Mon 9 Jan             Lions 2022 Santa cheque

Sat 4 Feb               Ashford Lions Quiz

Fri 17 Feb              Dover network event

Sat 18 Mar             Int Women’s Day

Sat 22 Apr             Quiz Night

Mon 1 May            Headcorn School May Fair

Sat 13 May            Ashford Town Centre

Wed 17 May         Wellbeing Roadshow, Sandwich

Sun 28 May           Kingsnorth Country Fair

Tue 30 May           Wellbeing Roadshow, Deal

Sat 3 Jun               Eastry Fair, Sandwich

Sat 3 Jun               Lions Quiz, Ashford

Sun 4 Jun              Folkestone Leas music event

Tue 6 Jun               Swale Showcase, networking event.

Sat 17 June           Big Lunch, Great Chart

Sat 24 Jun             Kennington Fair, Ashford

Sun 25 Jun            Armed Forces Day, Folkestone

Sun 16 July           Teddy Bears Picnic, Ashford

End July                Canterbury nametile opening

Sat 22 July            Collection, Asda

Sat 12 Aug            Folkestone Lions Donkey Derby

Sat 2 Sep               Ashford Town Centre

Wed 13 Sep?         Ash College Freshers Fair

Sat 23 Sep             Pencester Fair, Dover

Sat 14 Oct?           Babyloss Awareness Week stand, County Square, Ashford

9 - 15 Oct              Baby Loss Awareness Week

Sat 14 Oct?           Wave of Light - details TBC

Sat 11 Nov?          Highworth School Craft Fair, Ashford

Sun 12 Nov           Leas Cliff Hall Xmas Fair, Folkestone

Sat 2 Dec?            Halling Community Centre Fair

Sat 2 Dec?            EKS Lights of Love, Margate

Sun 3 Dec?           EKBMGG volunteers’ event

Sun 17 Dec           Garden Family Event? TBC

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