A COUPLE who suffered six years of heartache in their battle to have a baby have been presented with a national parenting award.
Alex and Jason Elliott were presented with the award for their courage after going through seven rounds of IVF treatment, two miscarriages and a stillborn daughter before becoming parents.
The 42-year-olds were nominated for the Tommy’s and Asda courage award by their friend, Helen Dean.
And they were presented with their award by singer and former Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton at Tommy’s Let’s Get Baby Friendly awards in London.
In the space of six years, the couple, from Chesterfield, endured seven rounds of IVF, four pregnancies and two miscarriages.
Their first daughter, Kitty, was delivered stillborn, before Alex finally gave birth to healthy twin daughters Sophie and Cassie in January.
Helen said: “Their resilience, determination and guts not to give up on their dream is truly amazing.
“I’ll never know how Alex found the physical and emotional resources to keep getting back on the rollercoaster, especially with all the hurt and loss they had already experienced.
“Their journey has touched the hearts of so many people. They were determined to be parents despite all the obstacles they faced.”
Alex said: “Jason and I feel completely overwhelmed we have won this award and are so grateful.
“There are so many others who have gone through the same heartbreak and shown great courage too, we’re just so thankful to have finally achieved our dream of having a family.
“It’s been difficult but our friends have been so supportive and Jason has been a tower of strength to me.
“My admiration for him knows no bounds. He is my hero.”
Tommy’s charity funds research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.