As well as fundraising, Fertility Week is all about raising awareness of fertility issues.
Want to support us during Fertility Week? Here is how you can!
Post a message of support on your social media. This can be an inspirational quote that you live by, or just a message to help someone get through the day. Then use the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, and tag Fertility Network UK (on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) in your post. By doing something so simple and sharing your voice of support, it can really help someone facing fertility challenges.
During Fertility Week 2019 please use the following Twitter hashtags:
Host a Fertili-Tea
Simply get a group of people together, get some tea and cakes, play the exclusive Fertili-Tea Quiz and raise some money for Fertility Network! Find out more here.
Fertility Network have teamed up with hellotreaclestore to remind our community that no person needs to be an island, that there is someone who wants to be there for you, and that support can be found in so many places. £1 from every purchase of this pin will go towards Fertility Network UK.
Donate to Fertility Network UK and help us continue to provide our free support services to anyone affected by fertility issues.
Why do we need to raise awareness?
First: to get the message out about fertility issues; both the prevalence and how people are affected. Approximately one in six couples in the UK have a medical problem which means they cannot have a baby without medical help, and fertility problems have an incredibly far-reaching and devastating impact on everybody affected; that’s why it’s so important to raise awareness.
A second core aim of the week is to change perceptions of fertility issues and demolish some of the misconceptions and stereotypes about fertility.
Finally, the week is about providing support for all those struggling with fertility problems and raising money to help them too. Many people suffer in silence: there is still a stigma or shame around fertility issues and people can find themselves very socially isolated, so the awareness week is important to show people that there is help, support and advice in many different forms. You are not alone.
Gwenda Burns, Head of Operations at leading patient charity Fertility Network UK: ‘In the UK, 1 in 6 couples experience the pain fertility issues bring. 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 in, raise funds and help change perceptions about fertility issues.’
What does awareness raising accomplish
Every article in the media, or the local paper of a village magazine, every time you share our posts on your social media sites or you use the hashtags #YouAreNotAlone #FertilityWeek19, every radio interview given, every time you talk to someone about what you are doing and why, increases the chances of:
- helping someone struggling with fertility issues feel less alone and isolated, helping bring someone into a community where others understand and can empathise and share.
- helping someone to understand what their friend, partner, family member or work colleague is going through
- promoting the importance of fertility education by increasing young people’s awareness of the facts about fertility, dispelling myths and equipping a new generation with information which can help them make informed decisions about their futures
How you can help
If you are happy to share your story with the media in order to help raise awareness of what it is like to face fertility issues, please contact FNUK digital and media communications officer Natalie Aminoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write an article, or a letter, or host an event, or challenge yourself to do something – and tell your local newspaper. Send them photos – just think how many people will then see that in their local paper, and how many people you will have reached.
Don’t forget: if you are holding a fundraising or information event let us know, or tag us in your post so we can promote it on our social media platforms.
Fertility Week: changing perceptions, providing support and raising funds.