State of play

Mon 13th Oct 2008 by Ben Palmer.

It's been a long road - starting Jessica's Trust. For a long time it was just me and a website, then in January this year I was joined, mainly via telephone and email, by a very experienced, organised and efficient Gill Kirk.

In late spring we gained the expert help of a microbiologist and a gynaecologist, as medical advisors.

Four of Jessica's ante-natal group friends then joined me as trustees of the formal Trust, and last month we were granted charitable status.

So much has been done, but there is so far to go.

There are many more people to contact, much help and advice to be sought, and so many people to spread the message to. We've got our poster and leaflet (available for download) which I'd really like to be able to get properly printed and sent out all over the place, e.g. in surgeries and clinics.

There are other documents that could usefully be created as well, and many other methods of raising awareness to explore.

We're busy on Facebook too, with our group, cause and fan page.

So much of this is easy to achieve, at little or no cost, but as we broaden our horizons, it inevitably costs more.

You know what's coming, don't you?

If you would like to make a donation to help us in our work, we would be extremely grateful. At the moment we can only take cheques and postal orders, but we hope to have an online card service up and running soon.

For details, please see and please, if you are a UK taxpayer, fill out the Gift Aid declaration and enable us to claim back an extra 28p for every £1 that you can spare - at no cost to you.

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