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Rhod Gilbert’s HIMfertility campaign joins Fertility Network UK

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Fertility Network UK, the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity, is proud to announce that Rhod Gilbert’s HIMfertility campaign will merge with the charity’s existing male fertility initiatives, including a male-only support group, to support more men in the UK.

“I started the HIMfertility campaign after my wife and I had issues trying to conceive,” explained Rhod Gilbert. “The experiences we had while exploring fertility issues showed me just how little support and understanding there is around male infertility. I want to encourage men to open up and talk about the issue and to get the right support.”

Although infertility affects around one in six couples in the UK, it is not common knowledge that an estimated 40-50% of these cases are caused by male factor fertility issues. In his recent BBC documentary Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up to Infertility, the comedian used his own experience of fertility problems to launch HIMfertility, a campaign designed to destigmatise and raise awareness of male infertility. Rhod’s documentary is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

Gwenda Burns, Chief Executive said: “We are delighted Rhod’s HIMfertility campaign is joining forces with our charity. The campaign and documentary have been very successful in raising awareness of male fertility issues and we want to continue to build on that momentum.  What we need to see now is a greater focus on men: support for men experiencing fertility problems, as well as research into male fertility. This new opportunity is a big step in the right direction against making infertility – male or female – a taboo subject.”

Rhod Gilbert to join male-only support meeting

The comedian and face of HIMfertility will join the next online meeting of Fertility Network UK’s Male Support Group on Wednesday 17th February 2021. Currently, the group meet online each month to offer support to each other and to learn from guest speakers. Members of the group are currently fundraising to take on #BaseCampforFertility, an expedition to Everest Base Camp planned for March 2022.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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