The Lullaby Trust and Sands Stillbirth and neonatal death charity are considering a merger to create a much stronger platform to reduce infant mortality rates as well as improve care and widen support for all bereaved parents.

Why is a merger being considered?

Since last year, Sands and The Lullaby Trust have been working more closely together than ever. We believe that by uniting our two successful charities we will combine our strengths and experience to make sure the voice of bereaved parents is heard and used to deliver real change. Together we can create a world class charity to reduce the number of babies dying in the UK and provide a lifeline to all families who have lost a baby before, during and shortly after birth and during infancy.

What happens next?

Both organisations are now conducting a full, transparent and open conversation, until the end of February 2018. All stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, members and supporters are being asked to share their thoughts before a decision is taken whether to merge or not.

Submissions for the merger survey are now closed.

Some background on Sands

Sands is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive from health care and other professionals; and reduce the number of babies who do die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer babies die.

Sands was founded by bereaved parents in 1978 who found that there was no access to support following the deaths of their babies. Since then Sands has grown, but parents who have experienced baby death are still at the core of everything they do.

You can find out more about the merger discussions by reading this New Philanthropy Capital interview with the two Chief Executives