If you follow us on Social Media, you will have seen that the Hinks Insurance team spent the month of June promoting ‘Sands Awareness Month’ and joined together on Saturday 23rd June, to walk 15km and raise funds for Hull & East Yorkshire Sands. We are delighted to announce that we raised over £3,000 in the end, far exceeding our initial target of £1,000. For every person who sponsored our efforts, we would like to send a huge thanks.
Sands Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness of the taboo subject of baby loss. It is hard to believe that 15 babies in the UK die every day, and tragically the rate of stillbirth and neonatal death is above the UK average in our region. Sands provide free support to parents, families and friends in a number of ways, no matter how long ago the loss occurred. These range from providing ongoing one-to-one support and monthly support meetings, arranging twice-yearly memorial services and Christmas parties for children who have lost a sibling, working with healthcare professionals to improve local bereavement care, funding bereavement care training for midwives and midwifery students, and providing essentials for use in bereavement rooms at the Hull Women & Children’s Hospital.
Hinks’ Managing Director, Jonathan Hinks said, “This charity does tremendous work in our community and provides a vital service for so many people, so it’s a real privilege to be able to support and champion their work.”
As a result of our walk, and the support from other local businesses, the profile of the charity has been raised immensely. A representative from Hull & East Yorkshire Sands said, “Hinks Insurance was one of the first businesses to support our June Sands Awareness events, and our #findingthewords campaign. The campaign encourages conversation about stillbirth and baby loss, which provides huge comfort to those who have experienced a bereavement. Hinks Insurance have not only raised an unbelievable amount through their sponsored walk, but have also raised so much awareness of what Sands do and stand for, by sharing our posts on social media. The money they have raised will pay for all of the bereavement care training we will provide in Hull in 2018, or make a large contribution towards the planned memorial garden at Hull Women & Children’s Hospital. We cannot put into words how grateful we are for all they have done for Hull & East Yorkshire Sands.”
Whilst the walk was a huge success, Sands are always in need of help and resources. If you have been impressed by our efforts and would like to donate, please visit our Just Giving page which will remain open for a limited time.