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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (5 December 2019)


The Progress Educational Trust (PET) - and in particular, the charity's Director Sarah Norcross and Head of Communications Dr Catherine Hill - have been appearing across the media in recent weeks discussing the #ExtendTheLimit campaign.

This PET campaign calls upon the UK Government to extend the 10-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical reasons. Catherine discusses the campaign, and quotes Sarah, in this article published as part of the 'Your Fertility Journey' initiative launched recently by Mediaplanet.

The #ExtendTheLimit campaign is also the focus of these recent articles, both of which quote Sarah alongside patient Sharon Jones.

The campaign originally launched with both a petition on UK Parliament petitions website - which attracted more than 1,000 signatures within the space of a week - and a piece of legislation proposed by Baroness Ruth Deech. In a recent speech in the House of Lords, Baroness Deech discusses the issue and refers PET's work.

Unfortunately, both the petition and the legislative process were curtailed by the announcement of the UK's imminent general election. However, PET plans to redouble its campaigning efforts after the election, and argue for the 10-year limit to be extended as a matter of priority.

In the meantime, here is a selection of media coverage that the campaign has received to date.


Rachel Cutting, Director of Compliance and Information at the HFEA and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020Dr Melanie Davies, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020 In other news, PET is pleased to announce that registration is open for its first free-to-attend event in the New Year.

'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', produced in partnership with the Scottish Government, is taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020.

Speakers will include Rachel Cutting, Dr Melanie Davies and James Lawford Davies.

This event is taking place on the eve of Fertility 2020 - the joint Annual Conference of the UK Fertility Societies, which is being held at a different Edinburgh venue (with PET as an exhibitor) - but attendance is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you are registered to attend Fertility 2020.

Find out more here, and register for your free place(s) here. If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #FrozenFertility