The Farnborough branch of the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands has received a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK for the development of a memorial garden.

Michelle Digman received a cheque from Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK following a nomination from Laura Kirk, MAXIMUS employee, who nominated the charity for the award. The Farnborough branch of Sands, which supports the parents of children who have died in pregnancy or soon after birth, is to use the grant to build a memorial guardian in the grounds of a local cemetery. The charity hopes to give bereaved parents a place to visit and reflect on the life of their child.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit to provide grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment, and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said:

“To lose a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth must be a devastating experience for any parent. Sands do a wonderful and much needed job supporting parents going through such tragedy. Creating a memorial garden is a lovely idea, and one we’re very pleased to support.”

Michelle Digman, Secretary at Farnborough Sands, said:

We're very grateful for this grant from the Foundation. The parents we support have been left devastated and heartbroken following the loss of their babies. The memorial garden will be somewhere where families can come and grieve and remember their loved one.

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /