A brave widow’s effort to conceive her dead partner’s child will come another step closer on Saturday, when The Springfield pub host a fund-raising event.
Donna Turner has been determined to have her husband Paul’s child through IVF, after he died of cancer just eight months into their marriage. Thanks to the Citizen’s campaign, the Oxford Fertility Unit has agreed to give her a discount on private treatment.
This weekend the pub in Springfield Boulevard will hold a fun day from noon to 6pm, followed by an evening of karaoke. The event will include fun for all the family, including sponsored man-waxing, football penalty shoot-outs, a DJ, appearances by both Magic George and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and paintball.
Donna said: “I’ve known the manager Jacky Kerr since I was a teenager, and she’s agreed to help my campaign.
“It’s been very, very touching to have so many people help me. Everyone I’ve known from my past, going back years, have all helped and donated and said that I deserve to have Paul’s baby.
“Even friends of Paul’s who I had never met have got in touch. They’ve told me what a charming and kind man he was, and a number of them are planning to come on Saturday too.”
The Citizen first revealed the plight of trained nursery nurse Donna in July. It had been her late husband’s dying wish that she have their child, but hard-hearted health bosses decided she was ineligible for IVF because she was officially classed as single.
The Oxford Fertility Unit, where Paul’s sperm is in special storage, is cutting the usual fee it charges for fertility treatment after being alerted to Donna’s story.
Her treatment will start in October when Donna has her first consultation.
Unit head Tim Child said: “We hear all kinds of tragic stories here but this lady is in an awful situation. I will meet with her and see how we can help.”
If you would like to donate to Donna’s fundraising campaign you can visit http://gogetfunding.com/project/paul-s-last-wish or email firstname.lastname@example.org