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EPT Winter 2020 Newsletter
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A warm welcome to our Winter 2020 newsletter


As we all know, 2020 has been a year like no other. Experiencing ectopic pregnancy is difficult in any circumstances and those who have had to deal with the ordeal during the covid-19 crisis have additional layers to process. Due to the pandemic, many have had to face the condition without loved ones by their side. For those who experienced ectopic pregnancy prior to the pandemic, the lockdowns may have brought back a mix of emotions to navigate. In such trying times, healthcare professionals have worked incredibly hard to support however they can and we thank and pay tribute to their dedication.

Now, more than ever, people affected by ectopic pregnancy at any time have needed reliable support and information. Throughout the pandemic and numerous lockdowns, we have recognised the pressure felt by professionals and public alike. The EPT strives to be a constant, providing information on ectopic pregnancy and space for those going through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. We have been able to do so only with your generous assistance.

We thank all our supporters for helping us to be there for those in need at any stage of the journey. With you all, we look ahead to the new year and wish that it brings hope and light wherever you may be.   

Our Impact 2020

Ectopic Pregnancy and Covid-19 Information Hub

Within 24 hours of March's lockdown, we launched the Ectopic Pregnancy and Covid-19 information hub. With experiencing ectopic pregnancy alreay being nerve-wracking, this dedicated hub provided crucial information at a vulnerable time quickly and precisely when needed. Our immense thanks to our medical advisers and trustees for their assistance.
 
We seamlessly continued to send support leaflets to hospitals across the UK for healthcare professionals to distribute to patients experiencing ectopic pregnancy. Our leaflets mean that we are able to support professionals to care for their patients by enabling them to signpost people to our further sources of information and support.

We responded to hundreds of requests for support via phone and email, consistently working remotely.

Our team of volunteers generously put in hours of their spare time to continue helping the charity and supporting others. We are very grateful to each and every one.

Our Ambassadors helped to increase awareness by talking about ectopic pregnancy to millions of followers on TV and across their social media platforms, including Charlotte Crosby appearing on Celebrity Mastermind. We appreciate and thank them for their support.

The EPT website visitors increased from last year showing the need for reliable and up to date information. A key focus for 2021 is to update our website and make such crucial information even more accessible and as welcoming as possible. 

Thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences to reach out to others and words of gratitude for the work that we do. Each and every message means a lot to our small and very hard-working team.
 

The EPT proudly supported the RCN once again with their Combined Deck Women’s Health Pocket Guide, an easy reference tool for nurses and midwives, in all health settings across the UK. 

 

Our Discussion Forums

The EPT online community has more than 16,300 members on the online discussion forums with over 5,400 topics. While some express themselves by sharing their own experiences, others gain comfort by reading the words of others. 

With the Covid-19 pandemic adding an additional burden to an already traumatic experience, we created a dedicated thread in our discussion forums.  

October’s Baby Loss Awareness Week had a 120% increase in our supporters engaging with posts and sharing on social media as compared with last year. This year’s focus was isolation – a feeling many already know too well when going through an ectopic pregnancy, intensified by the pandemic. We powerfully highlighted the loneliness of loss through ectopic pregnancy and ways to help ease the intensity. 

Our #EPTMiniChallenge Walk of Remembrance held during BLAW was a touching way for many people to come together virtually to pay tribute to our own and others' experiences of ectopic pregnancy.  

Thanks to our fundraisers


While many annual fundraising events were postponed or cancelled this year, our fantastic fundraisers found new and engaging ways of supporting The EPT.

From virtual marathons/half marathons (runs), coastal and mountain walks, skydives, to our EPT1000 challengers tackling a virtual mountain climb using stairs at home, we are incredibly grateful for everyone’s dedication in raising vital funds to help us continue our work. 

We launched our EPT80in1 Challenge 
  

     


We launched a brand-new fundraising challenge - to tackle 80 miles in 1 month for the 1 in 80 pregnancies that are ectopic. It was incredibly heart-warming to see the comforting community spirit (virtually) among our challengers! Through your enthusiasm, the #EPT80in1 will take place annually each August.  

#HelpUsHelpOthers


The EPT provides services free of charge to those who need us. If you have used our services and would like to support us in continuing our work, you can #HelpUsHelpOthers by giving the gift of a donation to help us to run our website, operate our helpline, and distribute our crucial treatment leaflets. 

EPT e-greetings are an eco-friendly way to send festive messages while raising awareness. With saving the cost of cards and stamps, many people choose to donate what they would have spent. To share your donation and good wishes, use one our themed Facebook frames in holly or Christmas tree designs or download and send a personalised ecard.  
On behalf of the entire EPT team,
we wish you a restful Christmas and a peaceful 2021

 
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