Tomorrow (Sunday) there is a charity football match between members of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Sands United.

Kick-off is at 1pm at East Cowes’ Vicks, the gates will open to the public from midday.

Charity Sands is sending over a local team from the Solent area, of which all members of the team have gone through some form of stillbirth and neonatal death.

1 every 90 minutes- the length of a football match, that’s how many people have a stillbirth or neonatal death.

Paul Hemmett, from the NHS Trust, is taking part and he said:

“Unfortunately myself and my family have gone through this, this year, we didn’t know much about SANDS before that, so to learn about the charity and raise its awareness is really important to us.”

The clubhouse is also open for food and drinks but if you can’t come down and watch the game you can support via the event page on facebook here,  or via the charity’s website.

Sands gives all-kinds of bereavement support, such as working closely with hospitals and parents in support groups.