Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine supporting National Fertility Awareness Week's Embryo Challenge

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Southmead Hospital has joined the campaign to raise funds and awareness during National Fertility Awareness Week by taking part in The Embryo Challenge.

Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) has joined clinics across Europe to increase awareness of fertility problems and raise much-needed funds to support those affected.  

BCRM will be making a donation to the charity Infertility Network UK for every embryo produced in the clinic during National Fertility Awareness Week, which runs until November 2.

Staff at the BCRM have also held a cake sale this week to raise money and are having a dress down day.

Around one in six couples face problems trying to conceive and every year the number of people who have to turn to some sort of assisted conception or IVF is increasing. That’s a lot of people who need support, help and information.

Chief executive of Infertility Network UK, Susan Seenan, said: “We organised National Fertility Awareness Week to help increase understanding of the emotional impact, and the overwhelming feelings of sadness, helplessness and grief felt by those affected. 

"Almost everyone will know someone who has experienced difficulties conceiving and hopefully by encouraging people to support the week, those affected will feel less isolated and alone. 

"The support from these clinics for the embryo challenge has been incredible, and will help the charity to continue with the free support services we offer through our support line, helpline, regional and volunteer networks.”

For more on National Fertility Awareness Week, visit or call 0800 008 7464