Above all, she wants to convey the pressing need to provide advice and support immediately for those beset by tragedy.“After Sam died, I was offered sleeping pills and antidepressants, but I didn’t want to medicate myself, I wanted to be able to feel,” says Sandbach.Then aged five, Sacha sang to her future sibling, showered kisses on the bump and talked excitedly about the imminent new addition to the family.
“The awful truth is that when a parent turns up with a baby who has died, the authorities don’t know whether or not they are dealing with a tragedy or a murder,” says Sandbach.
“He had such enormous, long feet, I just knew he would end up playing rugby for Wales,” laughs Sandbach.
“In those first few days and nights, I was alone with Sam and it was a very special, very happy time.” But then, five days after his birth, after Sacha had returned home to meet her little brother, Sandbach woke at 3am to find her new baby still and lifeless beside her in the bed.
Moreover, someone from outside the male, Oxbridge PPE bubble, she is very much the sort of three-dimensional politician that Westminster needs.
Brought up on the family farm – admittedly, an estate rather than a smallholding – in North Wales, she is passionate about rural affairs, especially broadband and mobile phone services.