Mum’s scaling the heights to say thank you

Beverley Salter who is walking up Snowdon after successful IVF treatment
Beverley Salter who is walking up Snowdon after successful IVF treatment
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A mum who battled for 17 years to have a baby is to tackle Mount Snowdon to say thank you to the charity which supported her.

Beverley Salter, who lives with her partner Adam, in Feltwell, underwent IVF fertility treatment and their son George, now two and a half, was born after the second course of treatment.

His arrival ended heartbreak and disappointment and the sadness of a miscarriage and Beverley says the couple were supported by the charity Infertility Network UK.

“Having a family was a very big part of my dream for my life and I still look at George every day and can’t believe I am so lucky to have such a beautiful little boy.

“I count myself as a blessed person and a complete one. It would be heart-breaking when you want something so much and it doesn’t happen, but luckily there are websites like Infertility Network which help and provide support to those who need it.”

“I am doing this walk to give something back as it is all too easy to go through life taking what you need and feel is your right and forget that there are still others who need help.

Beverley, 42, who works in logistics for UK Power Networks in Bury St Edmunds, also welcomed the announcement that the age of couples able to gain IVF through the NHS is now to be raised to 42.

Beverley said: “I think it’s great as the deadline does seem to be low. When we were finally offered IVF I was 38 and 10 months and the deadline in Norfolk is 39 and 10 months. Hopefully a lot more people will benefit from the extended age.”

George’s birth was through the second course of treatment. Beverley said: “With the first one we had a positive result but found out at the eight week scan that we had lost it. It wasn’t until I had hold of George in my arms that I could believe it had happened.”

Beverley will be walking up Snowdon, one of the three highest peaks in the UK, on May 11.

To sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/Beverley-Salter or text COTA94£1 to 70070.