Parents of IVF ‘miracle’ kids raise money for centre

New equipment which could help give women having  IVF a better chance of having a baby is a step closer for the Aberdeen Fertility Centre - thanks to the generosity of a North-east couple who have benefited from the treatment it provides.
New equipment which could help give women having IVF a better chance of having a baby is a step closer for the Aberdeen Fertility Centre - thanks to the generosity of a North-east couple who have benefited from the treatment it provides.

The parents of two IVF ‘miracle’ children have donated more than £6,000 to a fertility centre in Aberdeen.

The money is part of a three year fundraising campaign by John and Diane Buchan which has already raised £25,000.

Mrs Buchan benefitted from the work of the Aberdeen Fertility Centre after suffering from endometriosis, a painful condition suffered by around two million women in the UK which can cause fertility problems.

Following the treatment, the Buchans welcomed Carmen and John, now four and three years old, into the world.

Mrs Buchan said: “I wanted to raise money for the Aberdeen Fertility Centre and highlight the problems of infertility because there is not a day goes by when I don’t look at my kids and thank the Centre for what staff have done for John and I.”

The couple visited the centre on Monday, February 4 to hand over a cheque for £6,142, bringing the total they have raised to £25,217.

Since they moved to St Fergus, the Buchans have organised three charity events in support of the centre, both as a thank you for their ‘miracle’ children and to raise awareness of the problems of endometriosis and infertility.

Alison McTavish from the centre said: “We are absolutely bowled over by the generosity of Diane and John and the family and friends who have supported their charity nights.

“Their incredible fundraising will go towards helping Aberdeen Fertility Centre buy a fantastic piece of equipment that will allow us to take pictures of developing embryos.

The new equipment we are fundraising for will enable our embryologists to monitor embryos in even more detail, helping identify the most viable embryos for transfer to give the best chance of a pregnancy.”