OVER 150 supporters gathered at The Principal hotel in Edinburgh to enjoy the Scottish Cot Death Trust’s Afternoon Tea. This annual event was a huge success with over £5000 raised for the charity. Guests were treated to some delicious cakes and entertainment on the day, as well as the chance to win a range of luxury prizes at the auction, raffle, and tombola.

Afternoon Tea for the Scottish Cot Death Trust raises over £5000

Guests walked away with prizes such as hotel breaks, signed books, champagne, and a golf day. The Grand Raffle saw one particularly lucky supporter win an IPad, whilst another bagged a pair of tickets to see the Eagles. (Turns out they were a huge fan too!)

The event marked the end of a very busy year for the Scottish Cot Death Trust. As well as hosting the global Baby Survival 2018 Conference* in Glasgow back in June, they funded ‘Shattered’ – a touring play which explored the topic of social isolation following the death of an infant**. And 2019 is shaping up to be just as busy with the launch of a new charity website and continued education work across health care, childcare, and education sectors.

Lynsay Allan, Executive Director said: 

“Our Afternoon Tea is a great way to raise funds, but it’s also a precious opportunity to raise awareness of our charity as a whole and to thank our supporters – we simply couldn’t do what we do without them.”

The Scottish Cot Death Trust has provided support to families affected a sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI) or a child of pre-school age since 1985. During this time, they have contributed over £3,000,000 towards research funding in this area. Support services offered by the charity include community outreach and bereavement support, and a Next Infant Support Programme (NISP) for families who go on to have children after experiencing such a tragic loss.

The charity is also committed to raising awareness of how SUDI can be prevented through education. The charity delivers free awareness and education sessions to a variety of audiences across Scotland, from staff at the NHS and Procurators Fiscal to health and childcare students, nursery staff, and families.  The focus is on how we can reduce the risks of a SUDI occurring by promoting safe sleep for infants.

Marlene Graham, Fundraiser at the Scottish Cot Death Trust said: 

“This year’s Afternoon Tea was one of our biggest ever, both in terms of the number of guests and the amount raised. Big fundraisers like this are hugely important for our small charity – the money raised will be a significant boost for us and will contribute to our ongoing support and education work.

Fundraising for the charity is ongoing, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year – we still have charity places for the London Marathon and we look forward to planning some more events in the coming months”

If you require any further information on the Scottish Cot Death Trust’s support services, or if you would like to discuss their education, research, or fundraising in more detail, please email – contact@scottishcotdeathtrust.org