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About Sand Rose

The aim of Sand Rose is to provide free breaks to the bereaved, with particular emphasis on young families.

How painful it is when a child dies or for children to experience the loss of a parent. The family is changed forever.

We aim to help such families adjust and become more able to cope with their loss.

Based in Cornwall, Sand Rose, as a national charity, extends to all local authority areas in England and Wales providing breaks for families from across the country.

We do not provide a therapeutic or counselling programme. We simply provide the venue for a break.

Our project base in Marazion, Cornwall, provides a special location needed by those suffering loss and grief. Our three cottages with their sea views and large walled garden offer a unique place to help establish a new normal.

We raise awareness amongst national and local bereavement organisations of the need for this kind of break. We work in collaboration with them (with a nomination system) to ensure that those who will most benefit from a break are made aware of the project.

We also work to raise awareness of the effects of bereavement within society and the importance of the need to grieve and to allow grief to take its natural course.


Our gardener at Sand Rose, Mike Dowrick, is running the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 25th May representing Cornwall Athletics Club (CAC) and to raise funds for Sand Rose.

Read more about Mike here...

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