The Sands National Helpline provides a safe, confidential place for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby. Whether your baby died long ago or recently, we are here for you.


The telephone helpline is free to call from landlines and mobiles on 0808 164 3332.

Please note withheld numbers are not currently able to get through to the Helpline.

If you are only able to ring from a withheld number please send an email with the best way to reach you and our staff will get in touch.

The helpline team can also be contacted at 

We would welcome your feedback on our helpline and would be grateful if you could complete this short survey

Who do we support on the helpline?

  • Bereaved parents
  • Bereaved grandparents
  • Other family members
  • Friends and colleagues
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Other professionals supporting bereaved families

Who will be responding to your call or email?

We have a small team of dedicated and experienced helpline staff to offer confidential, non-judgemental and compassionate support. We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to talk about feelings and grief but we hope to give you space and time to find your words.

What you can expect when you contact the helpline

The Sands National Helpline offers support across the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and offers support in the following ways:

  • Bereavement support (coping with grief, anger, hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, facing the future)
  • Practical information relating to decisions required after the death of a baby
  • Information on local Sands group support available and our Online Community
  • Coping with another pregnancy after the death of a baby
  • Advice on supporting a bereaved parent
  • Signposting to other organisations where appropriate

Opening Times and Confidentiality

The team are available to speak to on the telephone or respond to emails from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 9.30pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We offer support on the telephone for up to one hour. This can be for a one-off call or a number of calls over time.

Please note that from November 2020 the above hours will change to: 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 9pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

We have an answerphone where callers can leave a message if the team are currently busy on other calls. We aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours, except over the weekend when the helpline is closed. The team also respond to emails from outside the UK.

Calls and emails are confidential. We will not share information outside of Sands, except if there is an immediate risk of harm to you or someone else.

Key stats from 2018-19


Helpline took 5,100 plus calls infographic



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