Girl Scout Eve is far-east bound

Eve Gibbins and her mum Michelle returned to Aldridge to receive a sponsorship cheque of £250 from Midland Fertility, the clinic where the young Scout’s life began.

Su Barlow presents Eve and her mum Michelle with a cheque for £250
Su Barlow presents Eve and her mum Michelle with a cheque for £250

Twelve year old Eve of Wolverhampton has been chosen to represent The West Mercia Scout District at the International Scout Jamboree being held in Kirara-hama, Japan in July 2015. She is one of 3,500 Scouts from the UK to have been selected and each child has to raise £2,995 for the trip.

Life was very different for Michelle back in 2000 when she originally came to Midland Fertility for help after trying to conceive for six years.  “We had been trying for a baby for so long, it felt like an eternity!”

Following investigations Michelle and Eve’s dad, Les, underwent ICSI treatment followed by a frozen embryo transfer.  “I was ecstatic when I saw the positive pregnancy test result! I felt like the luckiest woman alive.  I was able to appreciate both sides of the fertility journey having experienced both despair then utter joy.”

Eve joined the Bushbury Scouts when she was 11.  She has since gained confidence and a range of interpersonal skills and is currently working towards three outdoor camps to prepare for the jamboree. Eve said: “I feel both happy and proud that I’ve been selected. It will be a life-changing experience to go to Japan and meet people from all over the world and learn lots of new skills-for-life.

“Thank you to Midland Fertility for the donation. It means a lot that the clinic is proud of me and wants to help me to raise the funds to go on this trip of a lifetime.”

“The team at Midland Fertility loves to hear about how our ‘MFS babies’ get on throughout their lives, and about their milestones and achievements,” said Su Barlow, laboratory director. “Eve has a wonderful opportunity to join the word-wide Scout Jamboree and we wanted to help send her on her way.  It’s all about ‘building futures, transforming lives’”.

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Issued: 20 May 2014/JAA