Egg donor, 31, offers her services for free to couple who spent £20k on IVF and can’t conceive despite donating sperm to help 10 struggling families
- Danielle-Eve and Daniel Chittenden tried to conceive for more than 10 years
- They spent £20,000 on IVF treatments only for it to end in heartbreak every time
- Daniel has donated his sperm to struggling families and made 11 children
- Charlotte Rose Richardson, 31, heard the couple’s story on a radio show and contacted them on Facebook, offering her eggs for free
A couple who found out they can’t conceive despite donating sperm that gave eleven children to 10 struggling families found an egg donor on Facebook.
Danielle-Eve and Daniel Chittenden, from Whiston, Rotherham, discovered after six miscarriages in ten years, that her eggs would not bring them a child.
The desperate couple spent more than £20,000 on IVF procedures over the past decade, only to be left disappointed every time, so started crowdfunding to help pay for more.
But before they had the procedure, Charlotte Rose Richardson, 31, heard their story on the radio, and sent a message to offer to donate her eggs for their procedure.
Danielle-Eve and Daniel Chittenden, from Whiston, Rotherham, discovered after six miscarriages in ten years, that her eggs would not bring them a child, so asked for financial help towards IVF
The desperate couple spent more than £20,000 on IVF procedures over the past decade, only to be left disappointed every time. But before they had the procedure, Charlotte Rose Richardson, 31, heard their story on the radio, and sent a message to offer to donate her eggs for their procedure.
Danielle, 39, said: ‘It was strange because our main focus had been on getting the money, but then we got a message from somebody who really, really wanted to help us.
‘It was absolutely incredible. It was out of this world.
‘Technically that radio station telling out story shouldn’t have tuned in for her, but I feel like it’s fate.
‘We just feel like one of the biggest hurdles is out of the way – finding a donor.
‘We just feel really, really happy and really positive. If we raise the funds this can now go ahead, it’s just affected us in such a positive way.’
Charlotte said: ‘I hope that they manage to have a family of their own; and live out their dream of being parents.’
The Chittendens had always dreamed of having a big family, but but suffered six miscarriages in ten years.
Danielle-Eve said: ‘A little piece of you dies every single time.
‘We knew that two of our pregnancies were baby boys – you’re glad to know, but it hurts that bit more.
After hearing Danielle’s and Daniel’s story on the radio, Chalrotte wrote this post asking for donations towards the IVF
‘In 2011, when we were pregnant with twins, we saw and heard their heartbeats.
‘It is especially hard looking back to know it didn’t matter what I did – eat the right things, get the right amount of exercise, it didn’t matter.’
Despite their own struggles, they decided to help other families conceive.
Daniel, 42, has donated sperm to help others, but when Danielle-Eve donated her eggs it led to a miscarriage, and they knew they’d never conceive naturally.
NHS administrator Danielle-Eve said: ‘For the last ten years, we’ve not lived. I think we’ve gone on one holiday, and we’ve not gone out on many weekends.
Couple spent more than £20,000 on IVF procedures over the past decade, only to be left disappointed every time
Despite Daneille offering her eggs – and her £750 fee – to the couple, they still needed to raise money for the IVF
‘We’ve helped so many other families in that time. We’ve helped give life to eleven babies and we’d just like one of our own.
‘For us to know eleven children have been born – six girls and five boys – it rests easy on your heart that you know another couple or single person is not going through the grief and heartache you’re going through.’
It wasn’t until earlier this year that, with all the evidence gathered over the ten year period, their doctor confirmed there was a problem with Danielle-Eve’s eggs.
They started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for another cycle using donated eggs, which could cost them up to £10,000.
Danielle-Eve said: ‘We would like a family and we would be so eternally grateful even if it was just one.
‘We’ve helped so many, we’ve helped give life to eleven babies, and we’d just like one of our own.’
The couple had asked for financial help on towards IVF before Charlotte (pictured) heard their story and offered her eggs for free
Despite their own struggles, they decided to help other families conceive. Daniel, 42 (left), has donated sperm to help others, but when Danielle-Eve (right) donated her eggs it led to a miscarriage, and they knew they’d never conceive naturally
But when Charlotte heard their story on Radio Sheffield on 6th May, 2021 as she drove home from a work meeting, she felt compelled to give more than money.
Business development manager Charlotte said: ‘I have friends that have had fertility struggles, and I heard their story and it struck a chord with me.
‘I have always wanted to be an egg donor – I was starting the process when COVID hit and I thought that as I was going to do it anyway.
‘Why not do it to help someone in particular if they wanted my help?’
She initially donated £50 to their GoFundMe, but could not stop thinking about other ways she could help them, whether by fundraising herself or in other ways.
A few hours later, she found Danielle on Facebook and told her she wanted to offer her eggs and be their known donor.
Danielle said: ‘I feel like up until this point everything’s been a hurdle, we’ve had a lot of negativity with the miscarriages, the journey’s been hard over the last ten years.
‘I feel like this is a positive and I can’t wait to move forward and develop my relationship with Charlotte.
‘As amazing as this is it has made it more urgent that we now need the funds.
‘Because we’ve got the donor and it’s now just the funds side of it we need so it’s just made that much more urgent and we really do need people’s help.
‘We’ve helped eleven babies to be born I just hope people know that and then want to help us.’
Mum-of-one Charlotte also said that she will donate the £750 she receives for being a donor back to the couple towards things for the baby.
The trio still need to raise over £9,000 for the procedure to go ahead, and you can donate to their GoFundMe here; https://gofund.me/23ac7099
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