Welcome to Kent Sands

Kent Sands is now split into two separate groups:

  • East Kent Sands
  • West Kent and Medway Sands 


Support Meetings

We are a support group providing an opportunity for bereaved parents to share their experiences of baby loss with other bereaved parents. 

All our meetings are run by volunteer befrienders, who are bereaved parents. We do not put any geographical boundaries on our support meetings, bereaved parents are welcome to attend any or all of our support meetings regardless of where they live.


East Kent Sands

Ashford meeting

Room 1:02

Ashford College,

Elwick Road,


TN23 1NN.

We will have volunteers to show you where the room is. There are car parks very close- Dover Place and Elwick Road both free after 6pm. There are regular buses which stop by the college and it is a 5 minute walk from the train station.

This meeting is held on a Wednesday evening from 7.30-9.15pm.

Wednesday 17th January 2018, Wednesday 21st February 2018, Wednesday 21st March 2018, Wednesday 18th April 2018, Wednesday 16th May 2018, Wednesday 20th June 2018. Wednesday 11th July 2018 


Margate Meeting

The Small lounge,

Trinity Resource Centre,

St Mary's Avenue,


CT9 3TN 

The Meeting venue is nearly opposite the Wheatsheaf Hungry Horse Restaurant.

This meeting is held from 7.45pm to 9.15pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Wednesday 10th January 2018, Wednesday 14th February 2018, Wednesday 14th March 2018, Wednesday 11th April 2018, Wednesday 9th May 2018, Wednesday 13th June 2018.


West Kent & Medway Sands 

Barnehurst meeting

The Maxim Room

St Martin's Church

Erith road


Bexleyheath DA7 6LE

This meeting is held from 7.30-9.30pm on the first Thursday of every Month the dates for upcoming meetings are Thursday 4th January 2018 , Thursday 1st February 2018, Thursday 1st March 2018, Thursday 5th April 2018, Thursday May 3rd 2018, Thursday 7th June 2018.


Gillingham Meeting

Asda Gillingham Pier
Pier Road
ME7 1RZ.

The community room has its own seperate entrance, to the left of the main store entrance. Where a sands befriender will be waiting.

Grateful thanks to Asda Gillingham Pier, who are kindly allowing us use of the room for free.

We are currently having a few problems with our room bookings for our Gillingham group, and are looking to change our meeting night from the 4th Tuesday of the month to the 4th Monday of the Month, from 7.45pm -9.30pm. This group does not meet in December.

Monday 26th March 2018, Monday 23rd April 2018,  Monday 28th May 2018, Monday  25th June 2018.

- All meetings are free of charge.

More Support

Local Telephone support and information-

07951 454682   Barnehurst

07474 948021   Gillingham

07547 195791   Ashford

020 7436 5881  National Sands helpline

Your call will be welcome and you will only talk to someone who has, like you, experienced the death of a baby before, during or after birth. Sometimes we may be unable to answer your call immediately, but please leave a message and we will call back as soon as we can. We are unable to reply to calls unless a message has been left. if you feel more comfortable texting, that is fine.

The Kent Sands phones are manned solely by volunteers, we try our best to respond to messages as quickly as possible, but it can take several days due to work and home commitments.

Email support -

West Kent and Medway Sands - westkentandmedwaysands@gmail.com

East Kent Sands - eastkentsands@gmail.com

We try to answer e-mails as quickly as possible, but there may be times when it takes a few days to reply. Please bear with us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Information -

We provide access to Sands publications and books; these are available to borrow, subject to availability.  

Befriending -

The unique understanding of a shared experience.

Future pregnancies -

This can be a very stressful time, and we offer support to help parents though this. 


National Sands Forum 


National Sands helpline  -  020 7436 5881