Overwhelmed by support for charity fundraiser

Victoria Pool with her dog, Rosie
Victoria Pool with her dog, Rosie

A woman who is organising a Champagne & Shopping evening in aid of the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity, Sands, says she’s been “overwhelmed” by the support she’s received.

Victoria Pool, aged 32, is holding the fundraiser on Friday, June 19, at Boxmoor Hall, which has donated the venue free of charge.

From 6.30pm onwards, there will be a range of boutique shopping stalls and luxury crafts in one area, while in another area a range of hair and beauty treatments, mini holistic treatments and tarot readings will be on offer.

There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, for which local businesses have already donated generous prizes.

Victoria said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support.”

All funds raised on the night will go to Sands.

Victoria, whose son William was stillborn nearly two years ago, said: “This charity are an incredible support to grieving families. I just wanted to do something to give back to them for what they’ve done for us.”

In 2013, one in every 216 babies delivered in the UK was stillborn, but it remains a difficult subject for friends, family and colleagues to broach, so sufferers can feel very isolated. Sands offers support via telephone, email and an online forum. It also has a network of local support groups, including one in Hemel.

Find out more about the event on the Facebook page Champagne & Shopping Evening For Sands