Girl power for good cause

Kim Newton, Jemma Reed and Rebecca Pearce are organising a Charity Ladies night to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. 'Pictured are Rebecca Pearce, Kim Newton and Jemma Reed.'16th July 2014

Kim Newton, Jemma Reed and Rebecca Pearce are organising a Charity Ladies night to raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. 'Pictured are Rebecca Pearce, Kim Newton and Jemma Reed.'16th July 2014

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These three ladies are gearing up for a special girls’ night out.

The sisters-in-law have organised the fund-raising event, taking place on August 1, for a cause close to their hearts.

The trio, Kim Newton, Rebecca Pearce and Jemma Reed – from North Shore – are holding the fun night, at the Catholic Club on Queens Street, Blackpool.

It will include entertainment, a buffet, raffle, Buff Butlers and prizes.

The night will be two years to the day since Jemma, 33, discovered she had an ectopic pregnancy.

She said: “I wanted to do something to raise money for the charity, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, because they helped me. I know first-hand what good work they do.

“The hospital and doctors and nurses are really good, but after treatment, that’s it really – no after-care.

“I felt there wasn’t really anyone to talk to after my surgery. You feel like you have lots of questions which might not occur to you straight after surgery – it’s only afterwards, when they have had time to sink in.

“The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is great, because it is there to give you information and support. You can speak to other women who have been through it. The help and support they give is amazing.

“I’m becoming a volunteer with the charity and want to help them raise money, because they do make such a big difference.

“Ectopic pregnancy can be very dangerous, even potentially fatal.

“It can be hard to spot or be diagnosed, as the symptoms can be similar to other conditions. It might be mistaken for miscarriage or a woman might not realise she is pregnant.

“So I hope to raise awareness in general of the condition too.”

One in 80 pregnancies is ectopic and five women die on average in the UK each year from an ectopic pregnancy.

So Jemma and her sisters-in-law Kim and Rebecca decided they would raise fund for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust with a ladies night.

Kim, who works for Santander in Blackpool, said: “There’s no support really for women on the NHS after they’ve had an ectopic pregnancy.

“And I didn’t know much about it myself before it happened to Jemma.

“It’s a difficult and sensitive subject and the charity does make such a difference.

“My work have kindly agreed to match whatever we raise with our fund-raising night, so we want to raise as much as possible.

“All women are welcome to come along.”

The event is ticket-only, and starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Santander in Blackpool, by calling (01253) 274199 or email aja181@outlook.com

To support the women with their efforts, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/jemkimbex

To find out about the charity, click www.ectopic.org.uk