I have now completed my first year as Executive Director of this wonderful organisation and what a busy year! Our small, closely knit team of staff, volunteers and medical advisors work tirelessly to support all women, their partners and families who either are or have gone through the stress of an ectopic pregnancy or other early pregnancy complication. The entire team has worked really hard and their contribution is very much appreciated and has been strengthened by the arrival of several new members.
During the past year we have seen the introduction of the NICE Clinical Guideline. The institute sets the standards for high quality healthcare and their guidance is used by the NHS, Local Authorities and everyone involved in delivering care or promoting well-being and as an organisation we were a small part of the committee, able to represent the patients’ voice to the medical professionals. This is the first specific guideline for dealing with ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage and acknowledges the emotional as well as physical impact of an ectopic pregnancy. We will continue to fight for your voice to not only heard but listened to.
We have been able to introduce various new events to our fundraising diary, which are proving to be a great success, including our President Jo Brand hosting a Comedy Night at the prestigious Comedy Club in London with celebrity friends and we are delighted to announce that we have another special evening of fun and laughter planned for 7 October. Burberry held an exclusive Champagne tea for us and again will host another very special event, a Shopping Extravaganza and Champagne Reception at their flagship store in Regent Street later this year. An ideal way to purchase your Christmas presents and support us. Our first series of Business Breakfasts have been taking place in London with an impressive line-up of business leaders and creative voices sharing their inspiration, wisdom by supporting the trust. The next meeting is scheduled for 12 September, so do visit the rest of the website for more details and to book your tickets. A very big thank you must go to all our fundraisers who have run marathons, taken part in bike rides and even undertaken slimathons on our behalf; we appreciate everything you do for us and salute you in your endeavours.
We are holding medical meetings for groups around the country, which are part of our ongoing commitment to education. The next is being held in Edinburgh at the end of October, details will be released on the programme and how to obtain tickets in the next few weeks.
On a more serious note the country’s economic situation is still having a detrimental effect on us, with charitable donations down. This is a major problem for the charity as we receive no government funding and rely solely on your generosity to maintain our services. We are receiving over 1 million hits on our website annually from all over the world and it takes a great deal of manpower hours to monitor and answer your queries. With this in mind two new ways of helping us have been added to our fundraising during the past few months. The first is to become a Friend of the EPT this allows you the opportunity to donate money to us regularly. We would suggest a figure of just £10 per month as this will give us the opportunity of planning for the future and maintaining our services to you. The second asks for a higher level of a commitment from you and is our Patronage campaign. The campaign also asks you to donate to us but for a 3 year fixed period. All details on how to support us are on the website on our fundraising pages. If everyone who uses our services donated just £1 each we would be able to widen the work we undertake and make a difference to more of you.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust needs your help so that we can continue our work of supporting everyone suffering from an ectopic or early pregnancy complication.
Please help us to continue helping you.