21 km walk along the Cotswold Way

On Saturday 11 November Antonia Rodriguez, Rachel Watson, Johanne Young & Kath Lambert set out to walk a section of the Cotswold Way. Despite the cold and wet weather they continued on in the mud and rain for over 21kms, rising both funds and awareness for National Fertility Awareness Week.

Released: 12 November 2017

2017: 40th anniversary of IVF success

#IVFis40 #TalkFertility #NFAWUK

Local Antonia Rodriguez and Kath Lambert plus a couple of friends took on the Cotswolds Way on Saturday 11th November to join forces with leading national patient charity Fertility Network UK to raise funds and awareness for the charity which has recently had its National Fertility Awareness Week (30 Oct – 5 Nov 2017) which this year is celebrating 40 years since IVF’s first success and getting people talking about the real facts about fertility.

Antonia and Kath walked a section of the Cotswolds Way starting at Chipping Campden taking on its hilly terrain with thick mist and wet and muddy conditions.

Aileen Feeney, chief executive of Fertility Network UK said: ‘On 10 November 1977, IVF worked: nine months later on 25 July 1978, the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown was born. Since then a quarter of a million UK babies have been born by IVF.  We are encouraging everyone touched by IVF to share their #IVFis40 memories – patients, IVF children and professionals.’

‘At the heart of the week was #TalkFertility – getting people talking about the real facts about fertility. Share our fertility myths and help shatter some common misconceptions about fertility and age, men and whether you can expect to pay for IVF, and download our fertility etiquette guide looking at what to say, what not to say and how best to provide support for loved ones facing fertility issues.’

‘The results of our #FertilityFellas survey will be revealing the truth about men and fertility, our funding campaign #IVFGoldStandard is demanding change to make access to NHS IVF services fair for all, and our fantastic fundraisers are joining the #FertilityCycle 5K challenge.’

‘In the UK, 1 in 6 couples experience the pain of infertility. Even if you don’t have direct experience, you probably know someone who does – a family member, friend or work colleague. We hope people will join us during National Fertility Awareness Week and after raising funds, improving awareness, providing support and changing perceptions about fertility issues.’

National Fertility Awareness Week: providing support, improving awareness, raising funds and changing perceptions www.nfaw.org.uk