On the 25th June 2011, BellePixelle were involved in a charity event raising money for Sands; the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. When I say involved, what I really mean is that we organised it! It seemed only right that as part of our efforts we donated a portrait package voucher to the raffle!
The lucky raffle winner was our friend Ally!
A couple of weekends ago we were finally able to meet with Ally, and her three gorgeous children, Jade, Sofia and Richie so they could enjoy their prize! Mind you, I'm not sure any of the children realised they were the subjects of a photo-shoot! Meeting with Ally co-incided with a 'mega-meet' of an online forum we are both members of, and as Ally had requested lots natural shots to be captured, Jon set to work taking photos of Ally and the children as they played amongst everyone else there! It was all very relaxed and informal and we're really pleased with Ally's finished images.
So why Sands? Sands has become a charity very close to our hearts over the last 14 months since our little girl, Anabelle was born sleeping. It is a little known fact that seventeen babies each and every day are stillborn or die soon after birth in the UK. This shocking figure equates to 6500 babies every year. Sands provide much needed support to families who are devastated by the loss of their baby, work with professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families and promote research and changes in practice in an effort to reduce the number of babies that die.
There have been times since we lost Anabelle that we've relied heavily on Sands and organising an event to raise money for their continued services seemed the perfect way to celebrate and remember Anabelle's 1st birthday.
With all of our efforts and the amazing generosity from everyone else who came on board with donations and attending our events we managed to raise a staggering £5815.74 for Sands in Anabelle's memory! More than we ever imagined would be possible. Currently we're waiting on Santander organising some part-matched donations as promised from their end; but we're hoping the final figure between us and them being in the region of £9000 plus! Incredible.
Sands is therefore BellePixelle's chosen charity. Please keep a look out from time to time how you can get involved and help us support them too. The inspiration for our business name has probably also become apparent now as well!