Mum thanks Sands for memories of son

Paula Nicol-Guellati and daughter Amira
Paula Nicol-Guellati and daughter Amira

A mum who lost her first child at birth is organising a major fundraiser for the charity which helped her through a dark time.

Paula Nicol-Guellati (39) was distraught when son Taylor was stillborn after 23 weeks back in 2008, but her grief was eased by the kind actions of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity which provides support for bereaved parents.

Paula, originally from Grangemouth and now living in Redding, said: “I say Taylor was born sleeping, because I don’t like to say he was born dead or stillborn. He had spina bifida.

“It’s simple things which help people at a time like that and you want to talk about it, you want someone to acknowledge you had a baby. Sands gave me a hand print of Taylor and a memory box.

“They were amazing and I just can’t praise them enough.”

Now six years on she has her own glass decoration business, Kiss My Glass, and a beautiful daughter, three-year-old Amira.

She said: “I always tell Amira she has a wee angel looking over her.”

Now Paula, along with husband Wajih and Amira, is thanking Sands by putting on a craft fair/fun day at Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday, August 30. Running from noon until 4 p.m. the event features 25 stallholders, a bouncy castle and a massive raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

“Representatives from Sands will be there too,” said Paula. “We hope to raise a few thousand pounds for them.”