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PRESS RELEASE NATIONAL SPERM BANK
EMBARGOED UNITL 0:01 THURSDAY 30 October 2014

National Sperm Bank opens its doors on 30 October 2014

The world's first independent National Sperm Bank, a collaboration between the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women's Hospital, will launch on Thursday 30 October 2014, during National Fertility Awareness Week.

Established with Government funding to alleviate the shortage of sperm donors in this country, the National Sperm Bank will be offering a modern, NHS based, fully-integrated donor recruitment, screening and banking centre, which could deliver for all donor sperm requirements across the UK and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported sperm.

Sue Avery, Director of Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre, said: ‘There is currently a national shortage of sperm donors in the UK, especially in NHS clinics and particularly among some ethnic minorities. Patient numbers continue to rise and treating those who need donor sperm to build their families is a major problem. At present, some patients needing donor sperm are faced with few safe options and find themselves on waiting lists of up to five years or having to stop treatment altogether.’

Not only is the National Sperm Bank going to revolutionise access to donor sperm in this country, its founders are also on a mission to change the face of sperm donation. It will be the first time that a Sperm Bank has focused on celebrating sperm donors for who they actually are - very special men.

Laura Witjens, NGDT's CEO explains: ‘When people think of sperm donation they often only think about the physical act of producing sperm. Let’s face it that can be off-putting and detract from the real issues. We’re all set to change that outlook. Sperm donors are very special men who are doing something they and their families can be exceptionally proud of. These are men who are doing something life-changing for themselves and for others. It's time to shout about how fantastic these guys are.'

Everyday ordinary men aged between 18 and 41 interested in joining the ranks of these special men can text ‘Donor’ to 88802 for more information and visit http://www.veryspecialman.co.uk.

For further details, including case studies and images, contact:
Laura Witjens, NGDT Chief Executive
T: 07785 504647
E: laura.witjens@ngdt.co.uk

Pip Morris, NGDT Donor Recruitment Manager
T: 0845 226 9193
E: info@ngdt.co.uk

Maria McLeod, Communications Birmingham Women’s Hospital
T: 0121 623 6984
M: 07870 587759
E: maria.mcleod@bwnft.nhs.uk

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