Fireworks 2019 Charity

Fireworks Main Charity – Bristol Sands 

Every year Downend Round Table raises tens of thousands of pounds in the local area with YOUR support.   Remember coming to our fireworks display last year? Or perhaps standing outside on a cold winter evening waiting for the Santa Sleigh? Yes? Well you are supporting these great charities and local good causes.

During the initial planning stages for Downend Round Table Fireworks, members are polled to nominate a main charity to support. Previous partners have been Survive, Jessie May Trust and MNDa, Marie Curie & Brace who received £5000 or more each to support their work.

This year, we asked local charities to contact us and put a presentation forward for our support, there were some very deserving candidates, but Bristol Sands captured our hearts.

Bristol Sands

Bristol Sands is part of Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society. We are bereaved parents and volunteer our time to support other parents and their families, who have suffered the death of a baby before, during, or after birth.

What we do

Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.

Our vision for the future

Sands’ vision is for a world where fewer babies die and when a baby dies anyone affected by the death receives the best care and support for as long as they need. Parents and families who have experienced baby death remain at the core of everything we do.

Our mission

We work to reduce the number of babies dying and to improve care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.

Sands’ purpose is

  • to support anyone affected by the death of a baby
  • work in partnership with healthcare professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care
  • to promote improvements in practice and fund research to help reduce the number of babies dying

Everything we do – the services we run, the public health messages we promote, the way we raise money – is focused around these three aims.


Sands was founded in 1978 by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies, and by the total lack of acknowledgement and understanding of the significance and impact of their loss.

Since then, Sands has played a key role in raising public awareness of baby death across the UK, supported thousands of parents whose babies have died, worked closely with Health Care Professionals to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and funded much social and medical research to help better understand why babies die and prevent such tragedies.

Today, despite Sands’ successes, there is still much work to be done, not only in supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, but in striving to reduce the baby death rate which remains unacceptably high in the UK.

Further information

There is much more information available on the national sands website: or if you’re coming to Downend Round Table Fireworks, why not visit the Bristol Sands stand at the display and speak directly to the local volunteers, for any information or support.