Each year staff at Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth, the south’s premier business park, votes to choose a charity that they can support. This year Lakeside is supporting Sands (www.uk-sands.org) the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. The charity was established by bereaved parents in 1978.
Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby; works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families; and promotes and funds research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. It is a national organisation, with around 100 regional support groups across the UK.
Karen Tyrrell, Client & Communications Manager for Lakeside North Harbour said: “Stillbirth is not rare and it’s a tragedy that can happen to anyone. According to the national statistics available through Sands, the UK’s stillbirth rate remains unacceptably high. More research therefore is needed to help identify babies at risk and reduce the loss of babies’ lives; so we are proud to be supporting Sands as our Charity of the Year.”
Liz Grace, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Sands says: “Thousands of babies tragically die each year. In 2013, over 100 babies every week were stillborn or died soon after birth, shattering the lives of expectant parents, their families and their friends and the people who have cared for them.
“In around one in three stillbirths the exact reason for the baby’s death is unclear and the death is described as ‘unexplained’. This is because we don’t fully understand the causes of stillbirth. More research is needed, so having the support of organisations such as Lakeside, and broadcasting our message to a wider audience, is vital to helping our work; and we are hugely grateful.”
Lakeside will be running a number of events during the year to help raise money for the charity which was kick started by taking part in the Annual Portsmouth Dragon Boat festival which took place on the campus on Sunday 15 May. The “Lakeciders” team rowed into 3rd place and raised a total of £200.