The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust - Winter 2015

A warm welcome to our newsletter. The charity has gone from strength to strength over the last year and we are proud to share our successes of 2015 and exciting initiatives for 2016 to improve support, diagnosis and care for those affected by ectopic pregnancy. We continue to believe that no woman should die from ectopic pregnancy, there should be treatment choice, the emotional impact of ectopic pregnancy should be recognised and everyone should receive the support they need. We thank you for helping us make this happen.

EPT Patron Michelle Gayle shines on Pointless Celebrities special

EPT patron, actress and singer/songwriter, Michelle Gayle took to our screens in November for a special edition of BBC One's hit gameshow "Pointless". Joined by fellow actor, Adam Rickitt (from Coronation Street), the duo reached the final stage and were tantalisingly close to capturing the jackpot! 

Michelle has been involved with the EPT for many years and we are honoured that she chose to raise funds and awareness for the charity. With a peak audience reach of over 7 million viewers, this is a great opportunity to spread the word about the EPT and our work. Our heartfelt thanks to Michelle and each of our patrons for their continued commitment and support.

The EPT on the BBC

Our chair Alex Peace-Gadsby appeared on BBC Radio One's Newsbeat lunchtime news bulletin talking about ectopic pregnancy and sexual health. It has a target audience of 15-29 year olds, a reach of over 3 million listeners and more 15-24 year olds get their news from Newsbeat than any other BBC TV or radio outlet. This was an amazing opportunity to spread awareness about the condition and the charity. She also discussed ectopic pregnancy on multiple radio stations throughout the year, giving more attention to the condition.

Our Impact 2015

We responded to thousands of requests for support via phone or email.
We sent support leaflets to over 140 hospitals around the UK for them to distribute to patients who need support.
Thanks to everyone who used and nominated The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust as their charity, to help us raise over £500 this year. By shopping online as you would normally, the charity receives free money.
We supported fundraisers who participated in walking, running, sky-diving, swimming, organising charity nights, holding a golf tournament, climbing mountains and many more events and activities.
Actor Philip Cairns joined us as patron, championing the voice of men affected by ectopic pregnancy. Partners are also hugely impacted by early pregnancy loss, but grieve in a different way.
We collaborated with a number of charities for Baby Loss Awareness Week in October. Our "Wave of Light" Facebook post reached over 75,000 people.
Our regular conference focusing on Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology was sold out and attended by over 100 healthcare professionals. This training will help improve the quality of care for women undergoing diagnosis and treatment for ectopic pregnancy and early pregnancy complications. We also spoke at numerous other conferences throughout the year.

We have been involved in supporting ground-breaking research with medical adviser Professor Andrew Horne of the University of Edinburgh. Professor Horne and his team are combining two drugs (methotrexate with gefitinib) to improve the success rate of medical management of ectopic pregnancy. The NHS has approved the stage three clinical trial which, if successful, will help preserve a woman's fertility, decrease the need for invasive surgery and help thousands of women undergoing treatment for ectopic pregnancy each year.
Our Christmas cards have been very popular again and sold out! We have introduced new e-cards this year and many choose to donate what they would have spent on cards and postage.
We wish you a restful Christmas and a peaceful 2016.
With love from the EPT team.
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