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UK 2013

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Infertility Awareness

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UK 2013

  1. 1. We asked you to get behind our first ever National Infertility Awareness Week – and you did – in your thousands! The response was amazing - you pulled out all the stops and made it a week to remember. We have so far raised over £10,000 which is an incredible amount in such a short time. It went so well that we are making this an annual event, so save the dates for the next one now: 27th October – 2nd November 2014 It’s YOUR week so make sure you save the dates now and start thinking about how YOU can get involved next time. Because we can’t do it without your support. Great Cake Bake Challenge The clinics did us proud. There are simply too many to mention by name, but everyone who took up our Great Cake Bake Challenge got involved and did their bit. We had bake-offs galore and cake sales, creating some amazing cakes along the way. CRM CARE, London: the Embryo Challenge CRM CARE London pledged their support by donating £5 for each embryo created in their new laboratory during awareness week. Mr Robert Forman, medical director, said: “National Infertility Awareness Week helped us all to focus on the issues facing couples who simply want to have a child. Our embryologists are supporting the cause and every embryo created in our new laboratory during this special week generated a £5 donation to I N UK.” We love this initiative and would like more clinics to adopt the Embryo Challenge in 2014. Corporates and Organisations Our corporate partners all got behind the awareness week, right across the globe. Auxogyn had a Halloween cake bake in California and Merck Serono had an Afternoon Tea at their head office in London. Ferring Pharmaceutical reps wore National Infertility Awareness Week polo shirts during their working week and in Scotland their rep Alan Doyle, together with the staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, had a cake bake. Many other organisations held fundraisers for us, including Lewis Fertility Testing who held a Tea on the Terrace in Belfast, and all we can say is another huge thank you to everyone who supported us. Baking for Baby Challenge Clare Bremner gathered over 100 cake bakers and suppliers for a Baking for Baby challenge which gave us a huge boost. Great Cake Bake Cake Book We have put the gorgeous cakes together in a virtual cake book you can see on our Facebook page: http://www.solourl.com/379 14 I N UK Winter 2014 Our Great Cake Bake Winner! Congratulations to Deborah Sloan, Infertility Counsellor for The Agora Clinic, Brighton & Hove, who is the winner of our Great Cake Bake competition and wins spa vouchers kindly donated by spabreaks.com - well done Deborah, and of course well done and thank you to everyone who supported the Great Cake Bake! Don’t forget – you can see all the cakes in our Great Cake Bake Cake Book at: http://www.solourl.com/379 National Infertility Glasgow Royal Infirmary Thank You : £10,000
  2. 2. Olympian Sharron Davies and author Kitty Dimbleby both stepped up, spoke out and helped generate publicity for us – brilliant! Sharron spoke about her own ‘private hell’ of infertility: “It’s a private hell for most of us who want to start a family and can’t! It’s not something you can chat about like you do a cold or a broken arm, so people often suffer in silence which makes it even harder to deal with. I believe it’s no different, if ‘those parts’ don’t work, than any other part of our bodies, so why shouldn’t someone be entitled to help to fix them? “But it’s a hard battle with huge emotional con- sequences either way and often not really understood fully unless you have gone through it. I have and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But there are some amazing organisations out there that offer help to make dealing with it just a little bit easier.” Sharron Davies Kitty Dimbleby was born with a condition called Hirschsprung’s Disease, which resulted in years of ill health and many operations. She was told just aged 16 that she may never have children. Now after IVF treatment, she is the mother to a year old little girl, Chloe. She says: “Only women who have been through infertility can really under- stand the loss you feel each month when your period comes, the physical pain of longing when you see a small baby and the guilt as friends tell you their good news. All you can think is, ‘I want it to be me.’ Those who see IVF as a luxury have never experi- enced the pain of not being able to have a child, in my case by far the worst side effect of my poor health.” Kitty Dimbleby What the media said: We made headlines across the country, from the Herald to the Huffington Post; we were featured on ‘Loose Women’ and ‘This Morning’ and many regionals and radio programmes. This Morning: As part of National Infertility Awareness Week, ‘This Morning’ is talking to couples who have struggled to conceive. Today we meet Anna and Thom Jones, who after two-and-a-half years of trying for a baby, have had no luck. ITV: Today marks the start of National Infertility Awareness Week which looks to highlight the struggles of couples trying to conceive across our region. Huffington Post UK: For National Infertility Aware- ness Week (28 October – 3 November 2013), we’ve pulled together a series of videos to discuss causes, symptoms and possible options. Manchester Evening News: As National Infertility Awareness Week approaches, one woman talks frankly to Lisa Salmon about the heartache and eventual joy of her IVF experience. Awareness Week Winter 2014 I N UK 15 and counting!

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