Help to create precious memories

Sands memory boxDo you like knitting baby blankets? Then the charity Sands is hoping you can help. It provides special 'Memory Boxes' to hospitals around the UK, which are offered to bereaved parents as a way to create some memories when their baby is stillborn or dies shortly after birth.

Sands is asking knitters to provide handmade white baby blankets for its Memory Boxes, which also contain a camera, two teddy bears, and a keepsake bag to hold a lock of hair.

Sue Hale, who works with the charity’s 100 support groups across the country, says, “These handmade blankets form a very special part of the box we provide bereaved parents, and we have been told how much comfort they bring parents at such a difficult time.”

Sands can only accept blankets that are knitted in white; it suggests using the pattern kindly offered from Ray of Hope, which can be found by clicking here.

Finished blankets should be sent to Sue Hale at:
Sands Memory Boxes, 78 Holme Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5AD.
Anybody wishing to knit a blanket, but who has a query, can contact Sue directly by emailing