The national Sands, of which Oxfordshire Sands is part, will host a special awards ceremony during the charity’s 40th anniversary conference, to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement within the charity.
The event recognises the contribution of all volunteers and rewards 40 volunteers for their dedication, incredible support and commitment.
Karen Hancox, Oxfordshire Sands chair has been nominated to receive one of these special 40 awards.
Karen said: “There are only three of us who run Oxfordshire Sands – this has been the case for many years – and so it is a real challenge to keep everything running smoothly.
“We work together as a team and I lead the organisation of awareness, remembrance and fundraising events.
“It’s all a juggling act with my teaching job, my family and Sands work, but I love being able to make a difference, in honour of my first daughter Kayleigh who was stillborn in November 2007.”
Oxfordshire Sands has also been nominated for an Angel Community Award 2019 which has led them to be finalists in the Best UK Bereavement Support Organisation category.
The nomination reads: “Karen Hancox, herself a bereaved parent, helps as a volunteer to run the Oxfordshire Branch of Sands.
“She is available constantly for all bereaved parents, reaching out with compassion and understanding that comes from the devastating experience of losing a child.
“Her fundraising is tireless, and she has raised awareness significantly within Oxfordshire, including organising beautiful annual memorial events.”
The charity has monthly meetings for bereaved parents the next of which will be held on November, 7 at the Kingsmere Community Centre in Bicester between 7.15pm and 9pm. Parents can share stories and experiences of losing a child.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 17 in Glasgow.