Welcome to SANDS Lothians

SANDS Lothians offers support, understanding and help, both of a practical and emotional nature to bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or soon after birth. We are here to offer support for as long as required.

You may be reading this and you have just suffered the death of your baby just hours or a few days ago. You may be bewildered and in shock. You may be wondering how to start organising your precious baby’s funeral. Please do get in touch with us as we can help.

Contact Us

SANDS Lothians

Craiglockhart Centre 
177 Colinton Road
Edinburgh, EH14 1BZ

0131 622 6263 

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Mortonhall Information

Parents wishing to find out more about what happened to the cremated remains of their baby should, in the first instance, be directed the National Investigation on Infant Cremation. Every parent who has concerns about the cremation of their baby at a Scottish crematoria, other than those who already had their case investigated by Dame Elish Angiolini as part of the Mortonhall Investigation, should complete and send the Case Information Form and the Parental Consent Form to register their case. More information is available at the website below:


National Cremation Investigation
Area 3EN, St Andrews House
Regent Road
Tel: 0300 244 2867

Latest News

Great Scottish Toddle

Ok - we are letting the adults off the hook with this one but encouraging the kids! We are looking for as many families as possible to join us and toddle for charity. Children aged 6 and under can take part. We will supply t-shirts which children can personalise with siblings name (if doing it in memory of a sibling or loved one) and they will receive certificates for taking part. They can walk, toddle, run or ride in a buggy. Dogs also welcome on a lead.
Details of shared justgiving page for family and friends to sponsor the kids will follow shortly.
In the meantime, save the date and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE...

Sands Scottish Network Day

Scottish Network DayA great weekend at the Sands, the stillbirth & neonatal death charity Scottish Network Day hosted by Tayside Sands. It was encouraging to hear from Laura Price (the Research and Information Officer) that the Scottish numbers for stillbirth are reducing and there is much work being done in this area via SANDS UK, AFFIRM and the Scottish Stillbirth Sub-Group. We also heard from Cheryl Titherly who is the new Improving Bereavement Care Manager and she spoke about the new which will be delivered in Scotland to midwives, students and wider health professionals. Judith Abela spoke about the new befriending training and new guidelines for befrienders. Remember My Baby showed beautiful photos and DVD's put together by professional photographers who are volunteering their time to capture beautiful and precious photos for families throughout Scotland.
We left encouraged and enthused that we are part of a wider team working hard to see stillbirth rates reduce and to provide the very best support for bereaved families. Thank you to Tracy, Lianne, Lynsey, Ros and Gillian for attending with me. Nicola

Next meetings

Next Meetings

Befriending Group - Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 7pm-9pm

Befriending Group - West Lothian

Craigsfarm Maree Walk, Craigshill, Livingston

Monday 8th June 2015 7pm -9pm

Pregnancy Support Groups

Pregnancy support is also available as and when required. 

Please email

Edinburgh Miscarriage Support Group

Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH14 1BZ

Meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month (except July) at 8pm

next meeting Wednesday 10th June 2015

IVF/Fertility Support - Edinburgh

Craiglockhart Centre, 177 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1BZ

Tuesday 9th June 2015 7pm

Parent and Toddler - Craigsfarm

Tuesday 30th June 2015 9.30am-11.30am