Susan M Simpson talking on SiMBA

Thu 17th March 2016 at 19.00 - 21.00

A talk about the work of SiMBA

We were privileged to welcome Susan M Simpson to our meeting tonight to talk to us about the work of SiMBA (Simpson Memory Box Appeal). Susan travelled down to Lochgilphead from Benderloch with her chauffeur, dad Bill Harvey, to present one of the most emotional and thought provoking talks we have ever heard.

Susan is Highland Ambassador for the charity SiMBA, Simpson's Memory Box Appeal. They work throughout the UK to respond to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby before, during or after birth.

After explaining her own personal reasons for becoming involved with the charity, Susan went on tell us about the memory boxes and their contents, the Trees of Tranquility, and the charity's plans to provide family rooms in maternity units to offer parents the opportunity to spend further precious time with and prepare to say goodbye to their baby in peaceful and private accommodation.

Susan's talk generated a lot of discussion among members and some shared their own experiences of losing a baby and reflected on the lack of support available at the time.

Their services provided by SiMBA include:

* Supplying, free of charge, Memory Boxes & precious items to hospital units to be gifted to bereaved families

* Facilitating Monthly Support Groups

* Providing bereavement training for volunteers & midwives

* 'Planting' sculpted Trees of Tranquility, the leaves of which are copper and bear the name of babies gone too soon

* Through the Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA refurbishing & equipping family rooms in hospitals where families can spend time with their baby

* Hosting Annual Butterfly Releases that bring families together in a beautifully poignant act of remembrance.

In Argyll they have Support Groups in Oban & Lochgilphead, and supply Memory Boxes to the local midwifery units.

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