Supporting anyone affected by the tragic death of a baby

Useful Information

We have received this information and think it is a lovely idea- especially for siblings coping with bereavement:
Local quilters make and donate patchwork quilts which are gifted free to children and young people from 0 to 19 years old who need an extra hug or two for a variety of reasons. It could be they are poorly, have special needs, family issues, bereavement, or simply going through a difficult time for one reason or another.
We can also supply very small quilts or blankies for Angel Babies. The quilts are completely free with absolutely no catch at all and are for the familes to keep. They can stay with the little one or go into the family memory chest. Any siblings in the family will also be given a quilt as these circumstances affect the whole family – we are given various sizes, from cot to single bed size suitable for the age range we work with.
We are gradually building a local network to get the quilts to children who need them and would be happy to include your organisation. We don’t need to know anything about the children, apart from whether they are a boy or girl, and also the age of any older children to make sure the quilts are suitable. We can supply direct to a family or will be happy to supply via you, just please be aware that the quilts are for the families to use and cannot be sold/used for fundraising purposes.
Let me know if we can help 😊
– Ani Catt
Quiltmaker- Quilting service – est 2004
APQS UK – Longarm machine sales & Education
Project Linus UK Oxfordshire
164 Burwell Drivem Witney. OX28 5NA.
07989 166909


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Oxfordshire Sands memorials can be found in:

Banbury, Botley, Headington and Wolvercote cemeteries

and Hardwick Hill Crematorium, Banbury.

Following the refurbishment of the Headington Sands Garden-  A message from Oxford Cemetery: In order to keep the Memorial Garden a pleasant and peaceful area we ask all visitors to adhere to the below regulations:SANDS Memorial Garden Regulations

  • We ask all visitors to the garden not to place glass items as they pose a health and safety risk. If any glass items are found they will be removed and disposed of.
  • Please do not plant flowers /shrubs or place planters in the memorial garden as they can be resting on existing graves or taking space for future graves.
  • Any perishable keep sakes such as Teddy bears will be inspected monthly. If they have fallen in to disrepair they will be removed and disposed of at the discretion of the Cemeteries Service.
  • Flowers which have decayed will be removed at the discretion of the Cemeteries Service.
  • Please do not place frames, chippings and keep sakes behind memorial plaques as it inhibits the maintenance of the garden, any keepsakes/items behind memorial plaques will be removed.
  • Please be aware that all items left around the Sands Star after Sands Interments will be cleared within a month.

Thank you for your co-operation. Cemeteries Service, Harbord Road, Oxford, OX2 8ES. 01865 252516

Remembrance Books

Our Oxfordshire Sands Remembrance Books are kept in the Sophie Moon room at the John Radcliffe hospital and the Horton hospital Chapel. Please email   for further information about this free service that we offer. All entries are hand written by scribes. The Remembrance Books are always available for viewing at our Annual Remembrance Service.

We also have our online remembrance book on this website.

Dates for your diary

Subscribing to our newsletter is the best way to keep updated with our events and news. We share information about our Annual Remembrance Service, held towards the end of the year and also any events running in June, which is Sands Awareness Month. A date for your diary is 15th October, which is internationally Babyloss Awareness Day.

3 core aims of Sands

  1. We support anyone affected by the tragic death of a baby. Bereavement support is at the core of everything we do.
  2. We work in partnership with health professionals to try to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care.
  3. We promote and fund research that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.
There are several useful links on the National Sands website- for all sorts of circumstances- please visit


Next Group Meeting

Group support meetings have been cancelled until the end of May 2020 at least, due to coronavirus

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📢📢Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Oxfordshire, we have been advised by National Sands that we have to make the decision to cancel our group support face-to-face meetings until at least the end of May. If you need support, please ring our befriender phone on 07513 295504, message us on this Facebook… Continue Reading

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