Losing a baby, at whatever age, or stage of pregnancy is something none of us ever think about, but sadly 14 babies a day die or are stillborn after 24 weeks, or die soon after birth.  Sands charity offers support on dealing with the death of your baby, and on some of the practical considerations.  Most of Sands’ volunteers have personally suffered from the loss of a baby so are in a particularly good place to empathise with you and to give you that support. 

The contact numbers for support from Sands in East Kent are: Thanet, Canterbury or Dover areas - 07888 967463, or Ashford, Swale or Shepway areas - 07547 195791 Or by email using


Other local Sands groups provide similar support services in their particular areas. 

There is a Sands national helpline Freephone: 0808 164 3332 or Email:  The Helpline is usually open Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings: 6pm – 10pm. The Sands Helpline is free to call from any UK mobile or landline and hours are sometimes extended at particular times of the year or following media or television soap stories. 


Sands has a number of other ways of providing support including its Facebook support group  the Sands Bereavement Support App and the Sands Online Community


Sands offers a really good support booklet which every family should be offered at the time of their loss, but can also be downloaded through the following link


A great many organisations support people affected by the death of a baby, some offering support only in very specific situations, others providing more general support. Some are very local while others operate across the whole country and here is an alphabetical list of some of those organisations. 


Further information and contact details for most of these are also at  


Over time we will add to this list and if you are a support organisation that would like to be included, please let us know.  


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