Barnsley couple sell bizarre sculptures – including Star Wars and Alien characters – out of recycled tyres to raise money for IVF

Chris Pye and his wife Laura are desperately trying to raise �6,000 for their sixth attempt at IVF - including Chris turning sculptor in the allotment at the bottom of their garden, and creating huge sculptures to sell.
Chris Pye and his wife Laura are desperately trying to raise �6,000 for their sixth attempt at IVF - including Chris turning sculptor in the allotment at the bottom of their garden, and creating huge sculptures to sell.
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A South Yorkshire couple desperate to become parents have turned to tyres to help them in their dream of having a baby.

Laura and Chris Pye are selling unique sculptures made from tyres to help them fund a sixth round of IVF treatment.

The couple from Cudworth, Barnsley, need to raise £6,000 to fund the course of treatment in the hope of having the baby they so desperately want – and have set up the Making Baby Pye fund.

The fund has made more than £2,400 in donations since it was launched less than a fortnight ago, with more than 100 individual donations and people pledging to hold fundraising events.

And to boost the income, the couple are selling 6ft sculptures made out of recycled tyres – which Chris has sculpted in their back garden and hopes to sell for up to £2,500 each.

One features Star Wars character Boba Fett and is on display at Barnsley Antiques Centre, while another, which took three months to make, is based on the aliens from the Alien movie.

Laura, aged 31, said: “It’s been completely overwhelming to see the reaction we’ve had since the fundraising page went online. It’s mind blowing.”

Laura was given just two months to live in December 2007 after being diagnosed with the rare blood disorder Aplastic Anaemia.

The resulting chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant left her unable to conceive naturally.

The couple began their first cycle of IVF in 2010, just three months after their wedding and were ‘devastated’ when it did not work.

Three further cycles took place in 2011, but all were unsuccessful.

Last September, the couple went through their fifth cycle, when for the first time, Laura became pregnant. However, it did not work out.

She said: “It was the first time I’d become pregnant.

“We were devastated, but we now know my body works. All the time you hear about success stories, you never hear of the people like us, who are struggling.”

Chris, aged 34, said: “Last year we got so close, we thought ‘this is it’, but when we got the negative result, we were so upset, we were devastated. We thought, how could we manage again.

“Without this, we can’t imagine how long it would have taken to fund the next cycle. Money is being raised so quickly. We can’t believe the support we’ve had.”

The couple have also received donations, including tickets for Sheffield Steelers, United and Wednesday and Barnsley FC matches, for a raffle at Monk Bretton Community Centre on Saturday, October 18.

Lakis Fish Bar, Barnsley Road, Cudworth, will also donate all its profits on Sunday, October 12, to the fund.

Mrs Pye said: “A lot is coming from people we’ve never met before.

“For a stranger to do this for another stranger – it restores your faith.”

n To donate, visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1sAS6