Portsmouth group Sands is invited to Number 10

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A GROUP that helps anyone affected by the death of a baby was invited to a reception in Downing Street.

The reception, held by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, was attended by representatives from some of the charity’s local groups, including the one from Portsmouth.

Karren Whitren, chairwoman of the Portsmouth Sands group, said it was a huge honour to be able to visit Number 10 and hear Mrs Cameron talk about the charity’s work.

She said: ‘It was an enormous surprise to receive the invitation from national Sands, and such a memorable event to be part of.

‘We see first-hand the devastating impact the death of a baby has on parents, families and friends, and we do all we can to offer support.

‘The atmosphere at Number 10 was fantastic – it was a wonderful experience and a real opportunity for Sands to showcase the work it carries out in terms of research and bereavement care.’