Fund-raiser for IVF couple from Hereford

Hereford Times: Jolene Edge is raising money in order for to go through another bout of IVF. (5588417)Picture by James Maggs. Jolene Edge is raising money in order for to go through another bout of IVF. (5588417)Picture by James Maggs.

JOLENE Edge spent nine years working in nurseries and loved spending time with children.

However, she has struggled to have a child of her own since being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

The disorder - which affects around five to 10 per cent of women - saw Jolene try IVF treatment in order to fulfil her dream.

The 28-year-old and her husband, from Belmont, Hereford, first tried free treatment on the NHS two years ago, but were unsuccessful.

Therefore, they have to raise £1,300 in order to try again.

To try and boost funds, the couple will be holding a fund-raising event at the Starlite Rooms at Hereford United at 7pm on May 3.

Jolene said that she hopes that the party will also raise awareness of her condition.

"There should be more awareness - I was just given a few leaflets," said Jolene, who was diagnosed with PCOS six years ago and only has one fallopian tube.

"I have spoken to a few people on internet forums, but I don't know anyone else in Hereford that has got it.

"It's not really talked about and we were pretty much left to our own devices."

Susan Seenan, chief executive of Infertility Network UK, said the group offers free support and advice to couples going through IVF treatment.

"One in six couples in the UK today are struggling to conceive and fertility issues are the second most common reason why a woman of child bearing visits her GP, after pregnancy itself," she said.

"For these people, the journey to possible parenthood can be a very long one with no guarantee of a happy ending and they need our help, support and understanding because infertility is a very real problem which can be devastating for couples of any age."

The charity can be called on 0800 008 7464 or by visiting

Entry for the event at the Starlite Rooms is £5 and will feature a DJ and a magician.


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