Thank you for your support in helping Sands make such a huge difference to the families that receive our memory boxes. We are very grateful for the effort, care and love put into each blanket.

For further information or to be emailed/posted a copy of the patterns please contact us at 0203 897 6092 or shop@sands.org.uk.

 

Update due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic

Are you still accepting blankets at this time?

Yes please, your blankets are always welcome. Keeping in mind the safety of all our vulnerable parents and families, we would ask that all finished blankets are hand-washed in neutral, unscented soap and air dried prior to sending. Please only send us your blankets if it is safe for you to do so.

Please send them to:

Sands Memory Box Blanket Appeal, c/o Partridges, Eagle Avenue, Magnetic Park, Desborough, NN14 2WD. Please include your full contact details so that we can acknowledge receipt.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic all blanket packages will be quarantined for at least 5 working days after receipt. They will then be opened and the contents checked. Please include your contact details so that we can send you a thank you note. We appreciate your patience as timescales may be longer until our suppliers return to normal.

 

Sadly demand for our Always Loved, Never Forgotten Memory Boxes remains constant and our stock of hand knitted or crochet blankets need to be maintained. These blankets are a very special part of the box as each is handmade and we know how much comfort they bring to parents after the death of a baby. The pattern is very simple as can be knitted with or without the lace edging. Please note that for a number of reasons we ONLY use WHITE blankets. Please can you spread the word to family and friends. The pattern can be downloaded below.

Frequently asked questions: Knitting and crocheting blankets for Sands Always Loved, Never Forgotten Memory Boxes

 

Q: Why do Sands Memory Box blankets need to be white?

A: Sadly there is great need for our Memory Boxes which go to bereaved parents from all walks of life and from different backgrounds and beliefs. So, to ensure that Memory Boxes are appropriate for every baby, we only use white blankets as they are a neutral colour. In some cases where a baby has died early in pregnancy, parents simply do not know the gender of their baby.

 

Q: Do you accept blankets that are not hand knitted or crocheted, for example fleece?

A: No. We only accept hand knitted or crocheted blankets.

 

Q: Do you only accept woollen blankets, or can I use a synthetic fibre?

A: We accept wool or synthetic fibres, as long as they are white and the blanket is handmade.

 

Q: Where do I send finished Memory Box blankets?

A: Sands Memory Box Blanket Appeal, C/O Partridges, Eagle Avenue, Magnetic Park, Desborough, NN14 2WD. Please include your full contact details so that we can send you a thank you.

 

Q: I am knitting as part of a group and/or have a large number of blankets to send

A: Please collect your blankets together in a box and when it is full please contact us as we may be able to arrange a courier pickup. Please contact us to discuss this further on 0203 897 6092 or email shop@sands.org.uk.

 

Q: I’d love to knit a blanket, but I don’t know how. Can you help?

A: Knitting a blanket for a Sands Memory Box blanket is a great project if you are starting to knit. There are many useful online videos which are made specially for beginners. There are a lot of ‘How to Knit’ videos on YouTube for example www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_R1UDsNOMk or visit this website here sheepandstitch.com/start-here/

 

Q: I can’t knit but would love to support and contribute in some way. What can I do?

A: If you aren’t a knitter or crocheter then you can still help by donating white double knitting wool. Please send wool to: Sands Memory Box Blanket Appeal, c/o Partridges, Eagle Avenue, Magnetic Park, Desborough, NN14 2WD. Please include your full contact details so that we can send you a thank you.

 

Q: How else can I support the work Sands does?

A: There are loads of ways you can get involved to help us support bereaved parents and families, improve the care they receive and help us ensure that fewer babies die in the future. Find out more.

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