Sadly in June this year my husband Jim and I lost a baby due to having an ectopic pregnancy. This was a complete shock to us after trying for a baby since we got married in September, 2011. After finding out we were pregnant we were sent for an early scan as I was in discomfort. The scan showed it was an ectopic pregnancy that had ruptured. This led to emergency surgery within an hour of our scan. I was offered no information whist in the hospital and when I was discharged from the hospital I was given no follow up care and no information about either ectopic pregnancies or how I should care for myself after the surgery. Not even any information for support or after care. Since June I have found more help, support and advice from the online ectopic pregnancy charities than from the medical profession, hence wanting to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation where I have found so much information and support online and comfort knowing that there was a 24 hour help line available. So being an avid hater of running I decided both to try and get back to fitness after the surgery and to raise money for the charity that has helped me so much that I would do a 7 mile charity run. My husband Jim kindly helped me train for this and I went from our first session training being able to run 6 minutes without stopping to 2 months later competing the charity run with Jim without stopping in 1 hour and 11 minutes!
I will be taking on my very first half marathon for a very important charity that I believe deserves more advertising and donations through good people like yourself.
Me and my wife suffered an ectopic pregnancy in February 2010 and dealing with such an event was the hardest thing I have had to do and still have to manage with now. The ectopic pregnancy resulted in my wife losing a fallopian tube after treatment was unsuccessful. Thanks to the NHS though my wife is alive and kicking today but unfortunately five women a year continue to die from ectopic pregnancy. These deaths are mainly caused by failure to suspect ectopic pregnancy and give appropriate care. This makes death from ectopic pregnancy the third biggest killer of pregnant women in the UK after thromboembolism and hypertensive disorders. we were unaware of EPF at the time so our goal is to make the charity more well known in the UK so other couples will have support and all women and men will be aware of the symptoms early on.
The ectopic pregnancy foundation is a charity organisation set up by a group of National Health Service (NHS) doctors to help give advice about this distressing condition that affects up to 1 in 100 pregnancies. They provide advice for both the medical profession and the general public, in the form of the website and a 24 hour telephone advice line. EPF needs funds to support its activity and ambitions. Funding is required for hosting the website, providing the 24 hour patient helpline, mailshots to A&E departments, equipment to train gynaecologists in managing ectopic pregnancies and administrative support to run the organisation. All the trustees, faculty and international resident advisors are honorary and receive no financial reward and give their time freely. They do not have any governmental support.
I am running this 10k to support my big sister; who decided she wanted to do something herself to give back to a charity who have been a great support to her recently, when she had an ectopic pregnancy. This charity silently does great work. Ectopic pregnancies are not widely discussed and yet quite common. Every little helps, so hopefully, my race and your donations can help make a difference. This charity has helped my big sister, and for that I am grateful and hope to do my part to help them.
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My name is Rich Roberts, and I am a simple, but hard working Engineer. I am currently undertaking a large (and, frankly, bonkers) project to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust: I am doing something new everyday of 2012. That's 366 new experiences! I have created a blog to chronicle my exploits.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation is a wonderful charity, which is very close to my heart. My gorgeous wife, Sian, suffered an ectopic pregnancy a few years ago. By the time we got to the hospital Sian had lost so much blood, we were told she was just hours away from death. The resulting surgery left Sian bereft of one of her fallopian tubes.
I would give anything to have avoided that fateful day. Sadly, that is not possible.
However, as you can tell from my blog, I am willing to do just about ANYTHING to raise awareness and funding for this fantastic charity. It helped myself and Sian cope through a very difficult time. Please check-out my blog, and if it raises a smile, a chuckle or even a disapproving eyebrow, please consider donating. Details on how to donate are available on the blog. Here's the URL again...
I am raising funds for this charity because of experiences that my wife an I have been through over the last 18 months. She has been unfortunate enough to have been through an ectopic pregnancy on two occasions, the first resulting in the loss of her right tube and the second time round being a heterotopic pregancy (rare as im sure you are aware). On this occasion the ectopic was removed through salpingostomy and the uterine pregnancy wasnt viable.
On both occasions, it has proved difficult for the medical teams to diagnose this condition and we are aware that it can be fatal if undetected.
We both have close friends who have been unfortunate enough to have been through the same experience but who both now have young children of their own and we hope, with the help of IVF, that we can have our own children soon.
I got into Triathlons last year resulting in partaking and completing the London event last July. This year i made a crazy decision to 'upgrade' to a half-ironman which is 1.9km swim, 95km bike ride and 21km run. this is involving approx 8 hours a week of training up to the start of the triathlon season and throughout the Summer until the event in August. I am expecting it to take be approx 6.5 hours to complete
Sisters Katie and Alix Cordell are running the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon in Brighton on 21st February 2010 in aid of the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation. Alix said ‘We’ve run a few 10Ks before and wanted to up the distance. Katie had an ectopic pregnancy in September 2009 and I thought this would be a good way for her to get fit again after the operation and have something else to focus on’. Katie added, ‘I suddenly thought that if we got sponsorship for the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation it would add another dimension to the run. We could really turn what was a terribly traumatic event into something positive. The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation is a vital resource for people who have suffered like me’. If you would like to sponsor Katie and Alix to run the half marathon, please go to: www.justgiving.com/katiecordellhalfmarathon
David Williams- a brief history
David Williams spent most of his early childhood in Hayes, Middlesex, and in a house filled with strong links to art and artistic skills. Both his parents were artistic and indeed David’s father Joseph was a well known local artist and sculptor with many awards to his name.
Crazily, David’s first job was at Wilson Brothers Greeting Cards where he had the task of writing witty verses for the wide range of cards being produced. Although this was not meant to be a long term career move, it did give him the opportunity to study the small team of on-site artists at work as they created yet more cards and images.
Although David left the company in the late 1960’s the tricks of the trade he saw stayed with him, and have been put to good use over the last 40 years when creating original cards to mark special events and anniversaries for corporate organisations, colleagues and friends alike. In 2009, and because of the positive response to his humorous images, David decided to create his own range of greeting cards, and these are now available in stores and outlets in London, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
When not creating light hearted cartoon, David has managed to indulge his great interest in history, and has worked at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and for the past 10 years as Corporate Sponsorship Manager at the Tower of London.
One of David’s over-riding passions has been his interest in Admiral Lord Nelson, and this has led to an appearance in a major Channel 4 documentary entitled ‘Nelson’s Trafalgar’ and a series of illustrated lectures on Nelson in both the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. One U.S. contact David met during his time at Greenwich commissioned him to create a magnificent replica of the Admirals’ Full Dress uniform, medals and decorations, and this can now be seen in the Great Cabin on board HMS Victory.