Sheffield couple pushing ahead to raise cash for conception unit

Charlotte and David Pattimore with Ben and Phoebe
Charlotte and David Pattimore with Ben and Phoebe
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A family who had a longed-for child with help from Sheffield fertility experts are taking part in the Jessops Buggy Push to say thank you.

The Buggy Push at Rother Valley Country Park on Sunday, May 31, aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Charlotte and David Pattimore with Ben and Phoebe

Charlotte and David Pattimore with Ben and Phoebe

Among those taking part are David and Charlotte Pattimore from Halfway, Sheffield, who will be doing the 5k route with children Phoebe, seven, and 14-month-old Ben.

The family is raising money for Jessops Assisted Conception Unit, which they used to have baby Ben.

David, aged 36, said: “We had Phoebe naturally without any problems and like many people, decided to leave a two or three year gap before having a second baby.

“But Charlotte suffered an ectopic pregnancy and needed to have one half of her fallopian tubes removed. We never anticipated any problems having a second baby and I’d never even heard of an ectopic pregnancy.

“We saw a specialist who said IVF was the only way forward. Thankfully we were successful on our first round of IVF and went on to have Ben. We know how lucky we are though and want to help other couples who are struggling.”

David and Charlotte received counselling at the unit and said it was a huge help.

“We received outstanding care. We’ve been together as a couple since the sixth form at school so we know each other really well but we struggled as it was a very upsetting and daunting experience. Having counselling helped massively, especially as it was on-site at the unit,” David added.

“When you speak to people, you realise how common fertility problems are. We are really thankful we had the opportunity to complete our family and want to raise money for the unit so it can continue to help other couples.”

Hundreds have signed up to the Buggy Push, which raised £12,500 last year.

Kicking off at 11am, there will be a warm up led by Sheffield fitness coach and midwife Kate Campbell followed by a choice of a 5k route or shorter 3k route for little legs.

Tickets for the event cost £12.50 for adults and £5 for children aged five to 15. A family of two adults and up to three children under 16 can take part for £30.

Visit www.jessopsbuggypush.com to book.