As many of you know I recently became a volunteer for Fertility Network UK, an amazing national charity who helps and supports couples experiencing fertility problems. Every year they run a Fertility Awareness Week in order to try and raise awareness of fertility issues in the UK, break the stigma surrounding infertility and raise funds to provide much needed support to the 1 in 6 couples in the UK going through this difficult journey. This starts tomorrow 30th of October.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you will be well aware of our own difficult ‘Path to Parenthood’. I became aware of the Fertility Network quite soon into our journey when I googled ‘infertility support’ and their website immediately appeared. Not only do they offer much needed support for couples no matter what stage of your journey you’re at, but they also provide key resources, specific information on IVF clinics throughout the UK, details about legislation changes on IVF as well as ways you can get involved and assist the charity. The main thing for me however was just having a place to go where other people were experiencing the exact same challenges, thoughts and feelings as me. When infertility throws you into the depth of depression and hopelessness, they are a beacon of light and a place to call home. This is why, despite still being in the middle of our own infertility journey, I wanted to become a volunteer to try and help other people in our situation. I don’t have the answers, but just being there for others makes me feel that at least I’m doing something and helping a charity who have helped me so much.
When I found out about National Fertility Awareness Week it was therefore a no-brainer for me that I would sign up to become one of their #100fertilityfaces, where the aim is to raise £100 for this fantastic charity.
Unfortunately I’m not a very sporty or athletic person and therefore was never going to be one of these people who ran a marathon or swam across the channel to raise my funds! I also felt a bit restricted with my miscarriage only coming to an end a few weeks ago. However, I do have a jewellery business which I’ve ran for a few years now so I decided to incorporate my love of jewellery with my fundraising.
So to raise my £100 I am selling my Handmade children’s beaded necklaces. These are £10 each and you can find the full range on my website at www.ajewelaffair.co.uk under ‘Handmade Princess Collection – Fundraising’.
100% of the profits I make from the necklaces will go straight to Fertility Network UK so any purchase you make is so much appreciated; not only for me, but for all the couples out there going through this awful journey.
If you want to find out more about the amazing work Fertility Network do, you can find their website here.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. xx