Former Brechiner, Heather Miranda, recently attended a conference organised for Pregnancy Sickness Support volunteers.
Heather, who suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum during her pregnancy with her son Joseph, is the Pregnancy Sickness Support team leader for Scotland.
The charity provides information and support to those who suffer from extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and also for their carers.
It helps women suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Heather explained: “Hyperemesis Gravidarum is at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness spectrum and is a hugely debilitating disease, leaving the sufferer completely bedbound for months on end, unable to do anything. It’s torturous and extremely isolating, leaving you with no quality of life whatsoever at what should be such a happy time.”
The conference, held in Birmingham on July 6, was organised specifically for the volunteers. Heather explained: “The charity is tiny with extremely limited funding and manned by volunteers who give their time and effort freely.”
Emilie Carson, an extremely dedicated volunteer, also travelled all the way down from Scotland for the event.
Brechin is doing it’s bit for the charity, with Heather’s Dad, local optician David Robinson, organising a quiz with the Brechin Rotary Club in aid of Pregnancy Sickness Support.
Having seen Heather’s prolonged suffering in 2009 during her pregnancy, her dad decided to raise funds and awareness for the condition.
Heather commented: “The quiz is on Tuesday, July 30, at the Caledonian Hotel, Brechin, starting at 7.30 p.m. Teams, of up to four are £12 each and can be booked in person at David Robinson optician, St David Street, or by ‘phone on 01356 236055.
“There will also be a fantastic raffle and all money goes directly to the charity. Pregnancy Sickness Support is in desperate need of funding and will be enormously grateful for all money raised.”
HG was also a condition that affected the Duchess of Cambridge in the early stages of her pregnancy, and the Duchess, who is due to give birth to a future king or queen any day now, has sent Heather her ‘best wishes’, in her fund-raising drive.
Heather said: “We are delighted that with the Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming due date she has in fact sent her ‘best wishes’ to us for the fund-raising quiz event.”