For those of you that follow my blog regularly you will know that I recently became a volunteer for Fertility Network UK. They are a national charity in the UK for anyone who has ever experienced fertility problems.
Each year they run a Fertility Awareness week which aims to raise awareness and change perceptions of fertility issues, as well as raising funds to help us provide much-needed support for the 1 in 6 couples, and others, in the UK who struggle with infertility. This year the week runs from Monday 30 October to Sunday 5 November 2017.
The #100FertilityFaces campaign asks that we raise £100 for the charity so that it can continue its work. So, a few months ago whilst lying on a sunbed in Menorca I convinced hubby to take part with me so that we could contribute to this amazing cause.
We have struggled with our own fertility issues over the past 10 year and we both found it hard to know where to turn for support when the going got really tough. One day, quite by accident I stumbled across the Fertility Network UK website and found it to be an invaluable source of information.
Our fertility struggles sent me into the depths of depression and utter despair. I couldn’t see a world outside of our desire to have a family. Infertility consumed me completely. I have worked hard over the past 18 months to find a positive place. I never imagined for a second that I would ever have the strength or courage to help others who find themselves struggling with fertility issues. Yet, that’s what I now try to do. Earlier this year I became a volunteer for the very charity that has helped me so much and its something that I now love to do.
It’s taken us a while to decide how to raise the £100. We thought about a cake sale but we decided I was more likely to eat them all than sell any! We also wanted to include our cockapoo, J. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not one for too much exercise, so we decided to challenge ourselves to do a 10km walk along the Camel Trail in Cornwall. J only has little legs so for him this is a long way. Hubby may end up carrying us both, he will certainly be carrying the backpack of chocolate supplies and dog treats that J & I will need to complete the challenge!
We don’t have an exact date, but it will be sometime during the week of 14th October. I will of course keep you all updated!
You are probably wondering how to sponsor us on our little adventure…so here is the link to our Just Giving page. We appreciate any donations, no matter how big or small. To know that we can do something to keep the amazing work of Fertility Network UK going means a lot to both of us.
Thanks for reading…