Hull and East Yorkshire stillbirth and neonatal death charity awarded Maximus Foundation grant

Maximus Foundation UK, the not-for-profit arm of Maximus, has awarded a grant of £2,500 to Hull & East Yorkshire Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) to continue its work supporting bereaved parents and families after the loss of a baby.  

Sands United FC Hull & East Yorkshire football team and Maximus nominee and colleague, Nicki Jakeman

Hull & East Yorkshire Sands is part of the leading national charity operating throughout the UK, helping to improve the care bereaved parents receive, promoting research and working closely with many different organisations to reduce the number of babies dying. 

As a volunteer-led group that work to support the charity’s vision and aims in the local area, the donation will cover the running costs of the Hull & East Yorkshire Group for the next year and fund the local Sands United Football Team, founded in 2019 by a bereaved brother, to support other men through the love of sport. 

The donation forms part of the Foundation’s latest round of dedicated fundraising to help charities nationwide. The grant was awarded in a virtual presentation by a Maximus Foundation trustee and during an in-person meeting by the charity’s nominee, Maximus colleague, Nicki Jakeman. Maximus Foundation UK has awarded grant beneficiaries totalling £500,000 since 2015. 

Charis Green, Chair of the Maximus Foundation, said: “Many charities across the UK are finding that donation levels have been negatively affected by rising costs. So, we’re delighted to help Hull & East Yorkshire Sands to continue the great work they do, improving bereavement care for anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting vital research to save more babies’ lives.” 

Craig Spivey, Community Lead and Founder of Sands United FC Hull & East Yorkshire, said: “Thank you to Maximus for this donation towards Sands in Hull and East Yorkshire. This donation will support the families in the local area and men in our football team that have experienced baby loss. Using this donation can ensure the costs are covered for activities for the next 12 months, which in turn allows us to focus on other ventures and support our members effectively.  

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support and gift from Maximus, recognising the importance of our activity and their willingness to help us continue.”