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#SiMBA  Responding to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby.

We just want to say a huge thank you to our volunteers this week ~ we have had a fantastic 24 volunteers in the office with them donating 102 hours of their time!! That is equivalent to three fulltime employees.
We had a delivery of 2000 Memory Boxes and we couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!! We still have space for next week if anyone would like to come in and help ~ please email admin@simbacharity.org.uk. #memorymaking #makingmemories #makingadifference #babyloss @lisanapril85 @niccijowood @sgillian689

Yesterday Lisa Hague our SiMBA Ambassador, fiancée Kris Commons and children April, William and Jax took pride in visiting Nottingham City Hospital to hand over a cheque from the Lola Commons fund for SiMBA; the fund that their first baby, who was stillborn 10 years ago is named after.
Lisa delivered Lola in the hospital, and since becoming Ambassador for SiMBA, one of her missions was to be part of a family room project in that hospital. The Lola Commons fund for SiMBA, along with Forever Stars and Sands made this a reality recently when the room was officially unveiled.
The visit was especially important to April as she was also born in the hospital.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the fundraising or donated to our family room projects and to Lisa, Kris, April, William and Jax for safely delivering the cheque and for your continued support to our charity.
#babyloss #familyrooms #MemoriesTreasured #makingadifference #saytheirname

We have our SiMBA stand at the North West Baby Loss Conference @liverpoolwomens proudly showing off our Memory Boxes and Haydon Kennan Clay imprint kits and telling people about the services SiMBA can offer #babyloss #makingadifference #memories #saytheirname

It was wonderful to welcome Lord Lieutenant Michael Williams, the Queen’s representative for East Lothian to the SiMBA office.
After receiving her MBE in this New Years honours list, Michael Williams came to meet with Sara to find out more about the work of SiMBA. He was also very interested to see our new volunteers space and find out about all our wonderful, dedicated volunteers who SiMBA simply couldn’t function without.
Thank you to each and everyone of our volunteers and if this is something you would like to do please fill out this volunteer form https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/ or phone the office on 0131 353 0055 to find out how you can help.

The SiMBA Butterfly Release is a unique annual event; a truly wonderful way to remember and honour our babies; an experience that will remain with us forever.
This is our 6th year hosting our beautiful Butterfly Releases and we would like to invite you and your family and friends to join us. At each event there will be a short non-denominational service before the butterflies are released followed by time for reflection and tea/coffee. We will have entertainment for our younger guests and encourage guests from all ages to attend.

This year we have still to hold services at:
Stornoway – 28th July 2018
Glasgow – 18th August 2018
Galashiels – 25th August 2018
Edinburgh – 30th September 2018
Ayrshire – 1st September 2018

Families have already come together at -
Caithness – 10th June 2018
Oban – 16th June 2018
Inverness – 30th June 2018

For details of all events please visit - https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/awareness-events/

We ask for a donation of £15 per butterfly to cover the cost of one Butterfly and to help to cover the cost of venue hire, entertainment and catering across the series, however if you have any concerns about this amount please contact Gillian in the SiMBA office.

To order a butterfly for one of our butterfly releases please click below

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/SIMBA/butterflyrelease2018.html

If you are unable to attend but would like a Butterfly to be released for you, please use the above link to order and a member of the SIMBA Team will be honoured to release a butterfly on your behalf. ** PLEASE NOTE THAT BUTTERFLIES MUST BE ORDERED AT LEAST 10 WORKING DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT UNFORTUNATELY BUTTERFLIES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DAY** If you would like any additional information about the Butterfly Releases please email Gillian on events@simbacharity.org.uk or call 0131 353 0055.

Steven, Ellie, Max and Pauline; the amazing Clark Family.

Steven, who we now name SiMBA Marathon Man, has recently completed his 6th Marathon for SiMBA and has raised over £5,000 in total for the charity. Little Max also took part in this year's Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Run.

Pauline has also set herself a target; knit 365 blankets this year for the Memory Boxes and she is already half way there!
And then there is Ellie who is thinking about taking part in the Zipslide over the Clyde for SiMBA in September! And coming into the SiMBA office to help make up Memory Boxes.

So here we have a family of 4 who are involved with the charity and showing their support in different ways. As much as fundraising is important, it is raising the awareness that is vital; get people talking about baby loss; allowing families to speak about their babies; telling people about the services we provide.
There are so many ways that you can help SiMBA and the Clark family is a fantastic example of this.

Thank you all so much for your incredible support and helping to make a difference.

The SiMBA Team x

The Big Fun Run and The Dog Jog. Two events, same location, could you do either of these for SiMBA? If you can it’s free to enter, we just ask for a minimum sponsorship of £50.

Both events take part in locations across the UK:

14th July 2018 - Brighton
15th July 2018 - Southampton
21st July 2018 - Leeds
22nd July 2018 - Nottingham
28th July 2018 - Glasgow
29th July 2018 - Edinburgh
4th August 2018 - Maidstone
5th August 2018 - Eastbourne
11th August 2018 - Derby
12th August 2018 - Sheffield
18th August 2018 - Manchester
19th August 2018 - Liverpool
1st September 2018 - Ipswich
2nd September 2018 - Milton Keynes
8th September 2018 - Birmingham
9th September 2018 - Coventry
20th October 2018 - Gateshead
21st October 2018 - Middlesborough
27th October 2018 - London (Crystal Palace Park)
28th October 2018 - London (Victoria Park)

The Big Fun Run is one for all the family. Dress up, make your way around a 5k course and of course have fun!

The Dog Jog is for all ages; a fun, friendly 5k jog with your furry friend. When you cross the finish line you’ll receive a fantastic Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both you and your dog, as well as Dog Jog Collar Keyring medal!
What are you waiting for?! Grab your family, friends, colleagues and dogs and sign up now!

https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/fundraise/fundraising-events/ (link in bio) #funrun #dogjog #fundraising #awareness #SiMBA

Link for more information and to register in bio. It’s time to dig out your trainers, put on your kilt and join #TeamSiMBA in the Dundee Kiltwalk on Sunday 19th August and make a difference to hospitals and families in your area. SiMBA's Highland Ambassador Susan M Simpson will be leading the SiMBA Team through the start line!

You can take part in:

The Wee Wander - 6 miles
The Big Stroll - 11 miles
The Mighty Stride - 25 miles

And that’s not all, thanks to the very generous Hunter Foundation your fundraising will also be topped up by 40%! So if you raise £100 for SiMBA, we will receive £140!

So help us achieve our target of 250 walkers across all 4 Kiltwalks this year and sign up to one of the above now.

Such an amazing sunset tonight but when I looked back on this video there’s a little orb flying around it!

It’s two weeks since we were completing our Benidorm or Bust fundraising challenge for SiMBA. For SiMBA we had #TeamSiMBA and #TeamChystal.
I have to say it was one of the most amazing experiences, travelling 1850 miles from Dalkeith to Benidorm over 5 days, passing through Dover, Tours, Biarritz, Madrid and down to finish in Benidorm. One that we would all highly recommend (contact Danielle if you would like more info for next year). There were about 450 people taking part in the whole challenge, but on some parts of the journey it was just us on the road, every now and again passing, or being passed by another challenge car. There was challenges on the way, stopping for a break and chatting with other participants, TeamSiMBA were delighted to come third in the challenges raising an additional £300. We also raised a great deal of awareness sharing our SiMBA passports and badges letting everyone we met know about the charity we were supporting.
One of the most powerful, and proud parts of the journey was the parents trusting us with their babies stars. On the first day we had tried to Velcro the stars to the ceiling of the car, but they were playing games with us falling down onto us. We then tied them
on string, having them safely above us. When the days were long looking at the names kept us going, keeping us in check as to why we were on the journey, raising funds and awareness for SiMBA #sayingtheirname
In addition, on day 2 of the challenge we asked you to again trust us with your babies names and you gave us permission to write their names on our t-shirts which we added to over the day and with absolute pride we wore our name covered t-shirts on day 3.
So, with the amazing fundraising nights, boot sales, stars, challenges, and the utterly fantastic sponsorship and donations we are very proud to say that between the two cars for SiMBA we have raised just over £10,000 #saytheirname #raisingawareness #SiMBA #makingmemories #proud #Benidormorbust #1850miles #TeamSiMBA 💜

The SiMBA Butterfly Release is a unique annual event; a truly wonderful way to remember and honour our babies; an experience that will remain with us forever.
This is our 6th year hosting our beautiful Butterfly Releases and we would like to invite you and your family and friends to join us. At each event there will be a short non-denominational service before the butterflies are released followed by time for reflection and tea/coffee. We will have entertainment for our younger guests and encourage guests from all ages to attend.

This year we will be holding services at:

Inverness – 30th June 2018
Glasgow – 18th August 2018
Galashiels – 25th August 2018
Edinburgh – 30th September 2018
Stornoway – 28th July 2018
Ayrshire – 1st September 2018

For details of all events please visit - https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/awareness-events/

We ask for a donation of £15 per butterfly to cover the cost of one Butterfly and to help to cover the cost of venue hire, entertainment and catering across the series, however if you have any concerns about this amount please contact Gillian in the SiMBA office.

To order a butterfly for one of our butterfly releases please click below

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/SIMBA/butterflyrelease2018.html (link in bio)
If you are unable to attend but would like a Butterfly to be released for you, please use the above link to order and a member of the SIMBA Team will be honoured to release a butterfly on your behalf. ** PLEASE NOTE THAT BUTTERFLIES MUST BE ORDERED AT LEAST 10 WORKING DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT UNFORTUNATELY BUTTERFLIES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DAY** If you would like any additional information about the Butterfly Releases please email Gillian on events@simbacharity.org.uk or call 0131 353 0055.

Today I had the opportunity to visit Powderhall Bronze Ltd in Edinburgh along with bereaved parents and staff, and former staff of Edinburgh City Council.
Together we were able to see the progress of the baby elephant sculpture which has been designed by renowned sculpture Andy Scott. The baby elephant sculpture is planned to be in place in Edinburgh’s Princess Street gardens by September this year.

It was amazing to view the progress, much larger that we had imagined it to be. The white you can see in the video is the polystyrene shape of the elephant which is layered so it’s identical to the original plans. The clay is added onto the base which will then give the outline for the silicon mould for the bronzing process of the sculpture. You can also see a miniature version of the elephant in the video as to how it will look.

The clay design once finished, will be stamped with forget me not flowers, which I felt had a lovely connection to our charity, as we use forget me not flowers in our family room projects.

It was lovely to hear Andy talk about his involvement in the project, he finds it very emotive, and very keen to get it perfect for all the babies it honours. The team at the foundry are taking great care and pride knowing just how important this sculpture is.

It is going to be arranged that progress pictures and updates will be made available.

I was extremely touched by the parents comments regarding the progress of the sculpture, and the understanding of the time it has taken to get to this stage but looking forward to finally seeing the finished bronze baby elephant in place later this year.

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