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