SiMBA is a charity which exists to respond to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby. This is done through the delivery of core services, providing support to families in a way that is meaningful for them and reaches wherever they are on their journey after the loss of their baby. The grant from The Enchanted Forest Community Fund has helped SiMBA to continue to give bereaved parents in Perth and Kinross memory boxes, which help them to remember their child who has died.

Vanessa Rhazali, Head of Fundraising and Communications at SiMBA commented: “The funding we received from the Enchanted Forest Community Fund enabled us to gift 50 bereaved families a precious Memory Box after a devastating loss so they had precious memories of their baby. In the aftermath of their loss, the whole family gains comfort and strength by sharing and discussing the contents of their baby’s Memory Box, which includes hand and footprints, a wisp of baby’s hair, a tealight candle, a birth acknowledgement, a pair of tiny, knitted teddies and blankets, a supportive letter from another bereaved parent and a children’s book to read to the baby and later to baby’s siblings. They are meticulously put together by our dedicated volunteers with care and compassion. We are so grateful to the Enchanted Forest Community Fund for believing in our work and their support in directly comforting bereaved parents in this unique way.”

Blairgowrie based Natasha and Arron Dick lost a baby boy, JJ, in 2022. They received one of the memory boxes from SiMBA which helped them cope with the heartbreak of JJ’s passing. They said: “We are part of an exclusive club you do not want to be in. But you know you are not alone when you meet other people. A lot of parents are entitled to nothing when their baby dies, but to be given a memory box meant so much to us.”

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