Solihull Sands

About us

We provide direct peer support to bereaved parents, we work with local healthcare professionals to promote their access to Sands’ materials and training and we raise awareness about stillbirth and neo-natal death to help break the silence about this tragedy.

Solihull Sands have a variety of befrienders (mums, dads and a grandparent) who can offer support to anyone effected by the death of a baby. All of our befrienders have direct experience of baby loss and have all completed accredited training by National Sands.
All of our support meetings are hosted by Befrienders and support can also be provided between meetings, just send us an email.




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Stephanie McCrae - Befriender & Chair Person
My little girl April was born asleep on 13th August 2014 at 18 weeks. I spent weeks typing emails and deleting them as I just couldn't find the right words. Evenutally I hit send on an email to Solihull Sands and it was the best thing I have ever done. I found a place to go and talk about how I felt and be with other bereaved parents who understood my feelings, I wasn't alone anymore as I had found a new family.
As I became stronger I joined the committee and became a Befriender in November 2016 and the Chair Person in 2017.

Julie Smith - Befriender & Committee Member


Daniel Wood - Befriender & Committee Member


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Cat Greenway - Committee Member

Jessica, our second little girl, was born in July 2014 and fought hard for 7 days on the neonatal unit at Birmingham Womens before passing away in our arms. We found Sands in the September and are still here talking to other bereaved families, remembering Jess.


Liz Boobyer - Befriender & Committee Member

My first baby, Sophie was born prematurely at Heartlands Hospital in March 2011. After spending 12 days on the Neonatal unit, she sadly passed away.

I first came to Solihull Sands in June 2011 and found great comfort talking to other parents who understood the intense grief and anger associated with losing a child.  I also found it helpful to meet other people who were at different stages of the grieving process which gave me hope for the future.



Becky Reade - Befriender & Committee Member

I started coming to the Group when we lost our daughter, Abigail in 2011 who was stillborn at 36 weeks. Solihull Sands has been a great help to me and my family through tough times.



Dave Boobyer - Befriender
I have been coming to Solihull Sands since 2011 following the death of our first baby, Sophie who died when she was 12 days old after being born prematurely.

I noticed that there was a real lack of support for bereaved fathers and that there was an assumption that dads are ok and not in need of support in the same way as bereaved mothers are.  I wanted to try and offer support to bereaved fathers and therefore became a Sands befriender in 2013.

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Clare Beesley - Committee Member & Bereavement Midwife for HEFT

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Clare Chambers - Befriender & Committee Member
I have been involved with Solihull Sands since April/May 2012 then becoming a befriender in November 2013.

My first baby Maisie was born sleeping at 32 weeks on 12th April 2012. Coming to the SANDS group has really helped me by sharing my experience with others in similar situations & now being on the committee knowing what’s going on inside the hospitals to improve care for bereaved families.


Ann Coughlin - Grandparent Befriender


Laura Coughlin - Befriender