An online auction of donated goods and services, to raise money for SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

We are gearing up to a new auction. For more information, please visit our Facebook page; by following the link below.

Once the auction has finished, please allow us some time to process all the bids and confirm the highest bidder on each lot. We ask that you then pay for your lot(s) within 48 hours using the lot number as a reference number. Once payment has been received, we will then contact the individual/company who donated your lot(s) with your contact details. Unless otherwise specified, postage will be second class recorded.

We hope you find something you like - happy bidding!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

10. Twelve home baked celebration cupcakes

Lot number ten:
From the lovely Lemon Squeezy Baking blog, we have a batch of 12 celebration cupcakes, hand-made in your choice of flavours, delivered to you door! Save them for a special occasion, or just cheer up a Tuesday.

Your choice of cupcakes (up to two varieties) presented in a box to keep them fresh.

Carrot cake
Marbled vanilla and chocolate.
More adventurous:
Rocky Road
99 ice cream
After Eight
Victoria Sponge
Red Velvet
Cherry Bakewell
Oreo Cookie.

Other requests will be considered!
Local only - can deliver within Medway, Maidstone, Gravesham, Tonbridge, Pembury and Tunbridge Wells areas. To be claimed within one year.

9. Custom made Ladybird outift

Lot number nine:
Beautiful custom made Ladybird outfit with matching hand-painted wings from Flaming Ruby. Perfect for dressing-up games or a fancy dress party, the bright and fun outfit comes in either age 2-4 or 5-7.
The outfit will be sent in a gift box, so this could be a great birthday present for a little love-bug, or get a start on your Christmas shopping.

Mainland UK postage included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment and confirmation of required size.

8. A night's stay at Smart and Simple, TW

Lot number eight:
One night's stay at Smart and Simple Hotel, the smartest bed and breakfast in Kent. Perfectly located near the High Street and Pantiles, and just a minute's walk from the mainline station, the hotel is a great base to explore Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. Includes a bottle of champagne and a Ssh... refreshment basket in your room on arrival, and continental breakfast in the morning.
Relax in the wonderful secret gardens, work out in the private gym, or simply enjoy a cozy lie-in.

 "Our rooms all benefit from fabulous beds made up with Egyptian cotton and duvets, flat-screen LCD televisions with alarm and radio, work stations with wireless broadband, views of either our secret garden or the Tunbridge Wells common. All have stylish and practical en-suite facilities with drench head showers and Egyptian cotton towels."

An email will be sent to the winning bidder with full details of how to book their stay.

7. Ewe Need It gift voucher

Lot number seven:
A $50.00 gift voucher for Ewe Need It. Choose from a huge range of products, all made to order with only the finest ingredients. Everything is BPA, SLS and phalate FREE, and come packaged in 100% recyclable bottles and jars.
With shampoos, bath salts and hand & foot lotion, you can pamper yourself from top to toe! And, with the wipe solutions, lanolin and even pet shampoos, all the family can benefit! Ewe Need It produces all the lotions and potions you could ever want, in a scrummy range of fragrances and essential oils.
A code will be sent to the winning bidder, to redeam within one year. The winning bidder will need to cover postage from the USA.

6. Beach Hut Cushion

Lot number six:
Beautiful handmade cushion, featuring three fun beach huts and buttons in co-ordinating red, white and blue, which complement the bunting on the huts.

The classic blue and white ticking fabric creates the perfect background for the detail, which will brighten any room. You can almost hear the seagulls...

Mainland UK postage is included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment.

5. Hand-knitted Mrs Bunny

Lot number five:

Beautiful hand-knitted bunny, with removable hat, cardigan and dress.

Bunny, all her clothes, and her basket of carrots and mushrooms are made from luxury cotton yarn. She is roughly 13" tall and stuffed with 100% Hi-Loft Polyester; safe, hygienic, washable, clean, conforms to BS1425, BS5852, EN71.

Mainland UK postage included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment.

4. Tots Bots Birth To Potty Kit

Lot number four:
From the lovely team at Tots Bots, we have an awesome birth to potty kit, containing all the nappies you'll ever need - 10 Easyfits (popper or applix); the brilliant, award winning all in one nappy, 5 Bamboozles; the award winning fitted nappy, perfect for nights, 2 wraps and a load of accessories.

With this pack, you will have enough nappies to get from birth to potty training, washing every two or three days.

Bamboozle Red

Bamboozle Brown

Bamboozle Green

Bamboozle Orange
Bamboozle Purple

Wrap Blue Size 2

Wrap Orange Size 1

Easyfit Orange x 2

Easyfit Blue x 2

Easyfit Red x 2

Easyfit Purple x 2

Easyfit Green x 2

Accessory kit – bucket, wet bag, 2 mesh bags, potion, 100 liners and 3 boosters.
Mainland UK postage included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment.

3. Lomi Lomi Massage

Lot number three:

One 45 minute Lomi Lomi Massage Gift Voucher, from Hawaiian Nurture. Full body massage or Mama to be massage.

This fluid, rhythmical and nurturing Lomi Lomi massage will leave you feeling refreshed, energised and renewed. It is an excellent treatment to nourish your body and soul, whilst releasing tension and clearing the mind. Lomi Lomi uses hands, elbows and forearms in dynamic, deep movements that mimic the ebb and flow of the ocean.

This massage works on the back and front of the body, incorporating long flowing strokes with varying pressure, joint manipulation and under body work.
Local only - Nutley, Lewes. Local home visits available for a surcharge. Gift voucher expires 31.12.2012

2. Crocheted Rainbow Lap Blanket

Lot number two:
A beautiful, super-soft and snugly blanket, hand-crocheted with such love.

Made from 7 shades of Sidar Baby Bamboo, this beautiful rainbow blanket measures 50cm x 73cm/ 18" x 28". Perfect for keeping baby snuggled up in the car seat, pram or moses basket. Machine washable at 40 degrees.

Mainland UK postage included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment.

1. Collude with Bells silk scarf

Lot number one:

A gorgeous silk scarf from Collude with Bells.

This stunning scarf is digitally printed with an abstract animal print in shades of red/orange, brown and sky blue.

"Collude with Bells is an independent label inspired by everything, everywhere. Our prints are eclectic, and always full of passion for all things pattern. We print on beautiful fabrics, with limited edition designs, have fun and love life!"

90 x 90 cm
100% Crepe De Chine.


Mainland UK postage included. Item will be dispatched within one week of payment.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


When we started thinking about running an aucion, we thought we might have twenty or so items and raise a few hundred pounds.

Now, just a few weeks later, we've received an offer for our 65th lot. We've had over 1000 hits here, and we have reached thousands of people via our Facebook page. We are so grateful for all your support and help, there's just no way we could have any of this without you.

I'm busy collecting all the photos and details for each lot, and putting together each post. I'm hoping that over the weekend, I can release the first ten detailed posts, and a list of the lots donated so far. But I'm doing that at the same time as washing a holiday's worth of clothes, having a major de-clutter and play Play-Doh bakery with my three year old, so you'll have to forgive me if it takes a day or so longer than I hope.

I know that the vast majority of donations come from people like myself, who have children, partners, work, and, well, a life, so even if I seem a bit of a nag sometimes, I do get how hard it is to find the time to make the item, let alone photograph it and send me the details. And I really do appreciate the time you are spending to help us out. We're very lucky to have such amazing family and friends.

If you have a bit of time on your hands - in between hanging out the washing and picking the kids up from school - sit down with a cuppa, browse the Facebook group and make a mental note of what item you want to bid on! or Tweet all the celebs you follow with the details of the auction. Thanks you lovely people.

Monday, 20 August 2012

A very special donation

One of the most eagerly anticipated lots in the auction is a donation from an amazing group of ladies on Mumsnet.

Mumsnet has a bit of a reputation as a coven for "laptop weilding harpies", and whether you've heard of the website or not, you may be sceptical at the role that it, and other parenting websites/forums can play. A casual glance through the site can leave people shaked and shocked but amongst all the sleb twaddle*, AIBUs** and threads asking what your grandparents were called*** are some amazing stories told by amazing people, sound and sensible advice, and touching gestures of support and love. Noteably, tucked in a crafty little corner, are the Woolly Hug brigade.

A few years ago, a regular poster lost their husband, and her story was one that touched many Mumsnetters. It's difficult to know how to support even a close friend at such a time, but the anonymity and physical distance of members meant that dispite heartfelt desires to help in some way, there was little they could do. However, the very strength of the internet in general and Mumsnet specifically, is it's ability to overcome those things, and the ladies decided to make a blanket to send to their friend. All over the country, Mumsnetters knitted and crocheted 6 inch squares of various designs, which were sent to one person to assemble and send on. Those who couldn't knit or crochet but wanted to be involved, donated wool to the cause; and many have learnt these skills specifically so they could help. These blankets have become known as Woolly Hugs, and are a way of Mumsnetters wrapping a friend in a rather un-Mumsnetty hug.

Since then, other Mumsnetters have benefitted from the unique way this community has in supporting one another. The squares themselves range from the most basic to more complex and detailed - some are hard-pushed to even be described as square - but when they are combined, they create such beautiful and meaningful expressions of love, hope and support. Often featuring themes that are special and symbolic for the family, or opportunities to experiment with a new stitch or pattern, the squares are made with love and purpose which goes to making the final product so special and comforting.

The projects are now international and on average, over 100 Mumsnetters are involved in making each of the most recent blankets.

When we lost Benedict, we leant on our close friends and family for support, but we also felt love and strength from those we knew less well. My fab group of friends on Mumsnet were with me all the way, and those who knew about the Woolly Hugs thought we could benefit from receiving one. We were amazed at the kindness and generosity of some people, that they would spend their precious time and money sitting down and creating something in the hope of giving us some comfort. I am lucky that some of my 'real life' friends knit, and so our blanket will be made up of squares from people I'm very close to, as well as people I've never met, still, all my friends. For us, the most special element of the Hugs is the process of creating them; that people were focusing on our son whilst they knitted, purled and hooked is the ultimate comfort and reassurance.

The crafty ladies have set aside some squares for charity blankets. The one at the top of the post was made to raise money for the Anthony Nolan register in support of a Mumsnetter's daughter  who was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Luekemia. Sadly, Aillidh lost her battle and died of complications from the treatment. Her family are to receive their own Woolly Hug soon.

As part of this auction, you have an opportunity to wrap yourself up in the love and good-wishes of people whom you have never met, but who, like you, are giving what they can to try and make the world a better place. We hope that you whenever you need a Hug, a Woolly one will help.

* Celebrity news and gossip; always worth a read.
** Am I Being Unreasonable? threads Usually the answer is yes.
 *** With baby name trends being cyclical, members often seek inspiration from other' MN-ers family names.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Welcome to the Sands Auction in memory of Benedict Yoxall.

Each item or service donated will have a seperate blog post, with details and photos. If the item is custom-made, it will list all the options you can choose from and give examples of previous work. Items will state whether postage and packaging is included or to be paid. All services offered will include terms and conditions, including any time limitations.

Details of each item or service will be posted as soon as information and pictures are available. Make sure you bookmark any that you have your eye on!

The auction will take place over a twenty-four hour period. Please comment on the relevant post with your highest bid. At 8pm on Sunday 23rd September, the highest bid will be sucessful.

Payment details will be confirmed as soon as possible.