Mother speaks of fertility heartbreak as she urges would-be parents to seek help sooner

Keeley Brigland from Gorleston, who waited four painful years before seeking help for her fertility issues is speaking out ahead of Fertility Awareness Week next week to urge more people to get advice sooner.

Mrs Brigland found it very difficult, after suffering heavy periods as a teenager and knowing her mother had struggled to get pregnant for the same reason.

Along with husband Steven, she was finally spurred on to make the first approach to her GP when friends all started having children.

“No definitive reason was found and so we were told that we had ‘unexplained infertility’,” Mrs Brigland said, but they were eligible for NHS-funded fertility treatment and were treated at Bourn Hall Clinic in Wymondham

Mrs Brigland fell pregnant at the second attempt. They had IVF using a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) which involves individually injecting a sperm in to each of a woman’s harvested eggs in the laboratory before embryo transfer.

After such a long wait Mrs Brigland, was nervous throughout her pregnancy and daughter Emmy was born on April 20 this year.

She advises anyone that is struggling to conceive, not to be embarrassed and to seek help sooner rather than later.


Tractor drivers urged to get revved up for charity run

A large convoy of tractors will descend on the quiet coastal village roads of Norfolk for the 2018 charity tractor run.

The tractor will take place on Sunday November 4 with all money raised going to Shine and YANA (You Are Not Alone).

Last year 35 tractors took part and the event raised over £2,000 for breast reconstruction support charity, Keeping Abreast.

The tractor run, set up by farmer Philip Page, who was looking for a unique way to raise money for charity will meet at Pages Farm, Scratby Road, Scratby at 9.30am for a 10am start.

Tractors will have buckets on the front of them for collecting village donations.

Anyone wishing to take part with their tractor should contact either Emily Page on 07557587976 or Philip Page on 07799 455373 – email

Registration is £10 per tractor.


Debenhams to close 50 stores putting 4,000 jobs at risk

The group, which has stores in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, said the closures will take place over a three to five year period and the announcement comes alongside a dire set of financial figures.

Woes at Debenhams comes as a raft of retailers including New Look, Carpetright and Mothercare also embark on store closures programmes.

To compound matters, Debenhams is also the subject of takeover talk, with speculation building that Mike Ashley is set to merge it with his newly-acquired House of Fraser.

Mr Ashley owns just under 30pc of Debenhams, close to the threshold at which he must launch an official takeover bid.


More than 100 police officers could be in jeopardy if government presses ahead with pensions plan, chief warns

Norfolk police could be in danger of hitting “an historic low” in officer numbers, if the government goes through with plans to change the way police pensions are paid.

As it stands, retired officers are paid their pensions through wage contributions, which are supplemented from the treasury.

However, the home office is proposing to increase the employer contributions by forces – without increasing the funding to match it. If this happens it would be “a real body blow” to Norfolk police, which has already found itself in a position of needing to cut £32m from its spending in the last eight years. If these changes are to take place it would mean having to find another £5.6m, the figure equivalent of around 110 officers.

To lose this amount would be an historic low, there are currently 1,520 officers in the county which could be reduced to as few as 1,400.



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