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March is ‘Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Awareness month’ and we thank you for joining the global campaign.

Below we have summarised all the activities that will take place with families, health professionals and supporters across the world. As part of our campaign this year, SUDC UK are hosting a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons to discuss key issues and launch #SUDCAwaranessDay – A day to help shine a light on SUDC every year on the 18th March.

Please order a kit, write to your MP (it’s easy with our templates!), follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and share our posts including #SUDCAwareness. Join in the simple activities listed below and enjoy a positive spring month making a huge difference.

Why is awareness month so important and positive for our cause?

SUDC was described as ‘one of the most serious medical phenomenon in our country’ at the House of Commons debate, January 2023. 

It is the sudden and unexpected death of a child aged 1-18 years where the cause of death remains unexplained after a thorough investigation. 40 children are affected every year in the UK, more than young child deaths due to traffic accidents, fires or drowning and comparable to 1-2 seemingly healthy children dying every fortnight, often going to sleep and never waking up.

There is limited awareness and research to understand SUDC and currently, no-one can predict or prevent these deaths. They continue to devastate families year on year.

Greater awareness means that more families can find us when they need help, feel less alone and recieve support. It promotes discussion about SUDC and helps drive scientific research and improved policy for sudden child death – a step closer to a world free of SUDC!

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and share our posts including #SUDCAwareness. Join in the simple activities listed below and enjoy a positive spring month making a huge difference.

Why is awareness month so important and positive for our cause?

SUDC was described as ‘one of the most serious medical phenomenon in our country’ at the House of Commons debate, January 2023. 

It is the sudden and unexpected death of a child aged 1-18 years where the cause of death remains unexplained after a thorough investigation. 40 children are affected every year in the UK, more than young child deaths due to traffic accidents, fires or drowning and comparable to 1-2 seemingly healthy children dying every fortnight, often going to sleep and never waking up.

There is limited awareness and research to understand SUDC and currently, no-one can predict or prevent these deaths. They continue to devastate families year on year.

Greater awareness means that more families can find us when they need help, feel less alone and recieve support. It promotes discussion about SUDC and helps drive scientific research and improved policy for sudden child death – a step closer to a world free of SUDC!

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, and share our posts including #SUDCAwareness. Join in the simple activities listed below and enjoy a positive spring month making a huge difference.

Details of Activities during SUDC Awareness Month
ALL MONTH LONG - Stride for SUDC Awareness

All month long join the “Strides for SUDC 20,000 Mile Challenge” by walking, running, or rolling the distance you choose from wherever you are. Let us know your progress on our daily mile tracker on the SUDC Foundation’s tracker and share your participation on social media. One community, one common goal. One mile can make a difference!

Week 1 (28th - 3rd) - Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Week

 All month long please share our campaign across social media and encourage your followers to follow @SUDCUK/@SUDCUK1 and share/retweet. 

Kick off SUDC Awareness Month by wearing your SUDC UK bracelet, branded clothing or other memorabilia and post a photo on social media to show your support. 

 

Week 2 (4th-10th) - Shine a Light On SUDC Week

 Spread the word about SUDC Awareness Month, educate someone new with our SUDC information sheet and share SUDC UK’s social media posts.

Week 3 (11th- 17th) - Self Care Week

Take time this week for yourself. It might be a walk outside to see the spring flowers, listening to some music, or arranging a catch up with a friend. You might even choose to carve out some time to get your strides in for SUDC awareness. 

18th MARCH - National SUDC Awareness Day

SUDC UK are excited to announce the launch of SUDC Awareness Day. 

Join us in support of SUDC Awareness Day by sharing a photo of yourself holding up your ‘I care about SUDC’ poster and sharing the photo to social media. 

Please also consider asking a local landmark to light up blue and yellow on this date.

 

Week 4 (18th - 24th March) Empowerment Week

Empower. Connect. Support. Learn

Join the SUDC Foundation for a series of virtual training and webinars focused on advocacy, research, and the power of peer support. 

 

Week 4 (25th-31st) - Random Acts of Kindness Week

Join us in remembering those lost to SUDC by using our Kindness Cards to perform a Random Act of Kindness in their memory, and share your act on social media.

Thank you so much for your support!

Please contact us if you would like any more materials or we can help your efforts in any way!