Who we are: 

SiMBA, Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal, was founded in 2005 and became a registered charity in 2007.  We are based in Dunbar, East Lothian in Scotland and we are here to respond to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

What we offer: 

SiMBA helps bereaved families during the time they have with their baby using the Memory Box which we gift to hospitals across the UK and to individuals upon request.  The Memory Box is a treasure chest containing items such as a Birth Acknowledgement Certificate, butterfly charms, a box for a lock of hair and inkless hand and footprint impression kits.  These items are a vital tool in allowing parents to gather and create precious memories of the time that they have spent with their baby.  Our Memory Boxes come in two sizes giving recognition to even the tiniest of babies.  We also donate Clay Imprint Kits funded by the Haydon Kennan Foundation (www.haydonkennan.co.uk) to accompany each large Memory Box, allowing parents to create lasting impressions of their baby’s hands and feet.

The SiMBA Trees of Tranquillity are unique to SiMBA.  Each leaf represents a baby who has died and each Tree offers bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way that shows they are not alone in their loss.

The charity has monthly support groups all over Scotland which offers families a safe place to share their experience.  Our groups welcome anyone affected by the loss of a baby to come along and talk or just listen with people who understand.  We also have closed Facebook pages specifically to support bereaved parents, men, grandparents, those who wish to share photos of their baby and to support future pregnancies (SiMBA, Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal).

The Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA, set up by Lisa Hague and partner Kris Commons, focuses on creating bespoke Family Rooms where parents can spend precious time with their baby, creating memories to treasure in a comfortable and private environment.  The fund also provides vital equipment for the rooms like Cuddle Cots, photography equipment and comfortable chairs / beds for partners.

SiMBA also organises training to support midwives, neonatal nurses and hospital staff giving them full knowledge of the equipment that is available and giving them the confidence to use it to support families to make memories with their baby.

How to contact us: 

Tel: 01368 860141
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.simbacharity.org.uk