News and events

Upcoming events

Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival


The Christmas Tree Festival takes place this year on the weekend of 11th/12th December and is held at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QG.


As in previous years North Herts Sands will be decorating a tree. If you would like your baby(s) name(s) displayed on the tree please email the details to

Past events

Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance 2021


As part of Babyloss Awareness Week 2021 we will be holding a virtual memorial service, in conjunction with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. This will be filmed in advance and put online on Sunday 10th October at 3pm.


The service will feature readings and music from bereaved parents and staff from the Lister Hospital.


As part of the service, the chaplains at the Lister Hospital will be reading out the names of babies we have lost, known or cared for. If you would like your baby's name read out please email the details to Mary Porter


If you are concerned about the pronounciation of your precious baby's name please arrange for Mary to telephone you, or send her a voice file of the correct pronounciation.


If you have any questions please contact Mary on the above email address or contact our Chair Cathy Beach by emailing


A number of North Herts Sands members have signed up to the Sands Jog 50 miles in March campaign to raise awareness and money for Sands. If you would like to join us you can sign up on the website: Jog 50 Miles in March | Sands - Stillbirth and neonatal death charity


Good luck to everyone who has signed up!

Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival


We will be participating in the Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival this year. This will be held in Hitchin Town Centre from 4pm on Friday 11th December until 10pm on Sunday13th December. Trail guides cost £2 and are available from the High Street on the Saturdays 5th and 12th December.


Come and see if you can find our tree! 


Lights of Love Service

As the end of the year approaches, Sands are offering a virtual space to remember precious babies gone too soon. Lights of Love is a virtual family friendly evening of carols, readings and music. It is a multi-faith event with contributions from faith and non-faith communities. The service will be pre-recorded for you to watch at a time that is convenient to you. It will be available on the Sands youtube channel from 7pm on the 4th December. 


Ceremony of Remembrance - Joint Service with the Lister Hospital

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Memorial Service this year whether by contributing a reading, music or watching at home. We hope that you found it to be a fitting tribute to our precious babies.
If you missed it you can still watch the video on you tube. Baby Memorial Service 2020 - YouTube

Picture gallery: news and event highlights


North Herts Sands hold a variety of events which both raise funds and awareness in the local area.  In the past these have included balloon releases and a Service of Remembrance.  Below are some pictures from previous events.  Please use the contact form on the left for further information, to add an event or ask us to take part in one.