Round the Bays for Hope

$2,659 donated
Given by 63 generous donors in around 3 months

We are doing Wellington Round the Bays to fundraise for Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley


In September 2019 my husband Sam and I lost our daughter, Hope. She was born sleeping at 24 weeks.

Sands is a parent-led volunteer non-profit organisation that supports families who have experienced baby and infant loss.

Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley has provided us with a lot of quiet care and support with its donated goods at the hospital. We used one of their hats to dress Hope in, and a basket to lay her in, with some special memories, for her to be cremated.

In the 24 hours after having Hope, we stayed in the Pohutukawa room with her at Wellington Hospital funded by Sands and other groups, where our families could visit and spend some time with Hope before we had to say goodbye. This room was a sanctuary for us, we were so well cared for in our time there.

Sands also hosts monthly group support meetings, and support through email and phone.

We want to raise these funds to both thank Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley, but to also help ensure they can continue to provide this invaluable support for grieving parents.

Esther Bowater's involvement (page creator)

Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley has provided support and care to me, my husband and many grieving and bereaved parents. We want to show our thanks. We are doing this in memory of our girl, Hope.

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Latest update

Target smashed again!  8 February 2020

This is just amazing. Thank you all for you incredible support. I'm very touched by how many of you have reached out. This little girl has meant the world to us and her reach is obviously very wide.

Arohanui x

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Latest donations

Lionheart on 22 Feb 2020
To Esther and Sam, Thank you for telling us about Hope, and encouraging us to support SANDS in her name. Arohanui.
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Guest Donor on 22 Feb 2020
Anaru on 21 Feb 2020
Teresa on 21 Feb 2020
In memory of Hope and all others who were too briefly with us.
Alice on 21 Feb 2020

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This campaign started on 28 Dec 2019 and ended on 28 Mar 2020.