Endometriosis Awareness week round up!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Endometriosis Awareness Week 2014 officially ended on 9th March. We were incredibly busy all week raising awareness of Endometriosis across the UK!

In the run up to Endometriosis Awareness Week, we outlined our objectives, with our "It's OK to talk. Period" campaign. We wanted to raise awareness of Endometriosis by getting people talking. We set up a range of activities to encourage women to talk during Endometriosis Awareness Week 2014 - online, by telephone and face-to-face.

We arranged special drop-in support sessions in various locations around the country for Endometriosis Awareness Week. Women didn't need to book or register, but just simply turn up and have a chat with someone who understands what they are going through. Our Helpline was open every day of the week and our Online Support Groups help special Awareness Week sessions throughout the week.

Presentations and information stands

Throughout the week, Endometriosis UK representatives gave talks across the country.

Endometriosis UK Support Group leader for Bradford, Leeds and Skipton, Michelle Middleton, gave a talk about endometriosis at an Inspiring Women event hosted by Kate Hardcastle. Meanwhile Our Young Ambassador, Alice Smith, and Trustee, Carol Pearson, gave a talk at TEDx Talk hosted by Hurst Pier Point College. Carol and other volunteers also hosted information stands at verious locations around the country,
 
Endometriosis UK Young Ambassador poses with our Chair, Trevor Dahl, at TEDxHurstpierpointCollege.
 

Endometriosis UK's Young Ambassador and Trustee appear on ITV

Our Young Ambassador, Alice Smith, and Trustee, Carol Pearson, appeared on national television to talk about their personal journeys with endometriosis. 

During the week Alice appeared on ITV's This Morning, with Dr Chris Steele, and spoke to Philip Scofield and Holly Willoughby about being diagnosed with endometriosis when she was still at school and the impact endometriosis has had on her life.

If you missed Alice's interview, you can catch it again on the ITV website

Read Alice's personal story.

endometriosis uk trustee carol pearson poses with Dr Hilary Jones

And, as if she wasn't busy enough, Carol Pearson also appeared on ITV's Lorraine with Dr Hilary Jones to talk about her personal experience of endometriosis and why she chose to have a hysterectomy. To watch Carol's interview again, visit the ITV website.

Talking pants with Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft!

You may have noticed some familiar faces in the photo above!

During Endometriosis Awareness Week, Diary Doll creators Carol Smillie and Annabel Croft stopped by the office to discuss their exciting new partnership with Endometriosis UK. Diary Dolls are lightweight, breathable, super-soft knickers that and contain a secret waterproof panel to protect clothing and bedding against any embarrassing leaks. 

Diary Doll will be supporting Endometriosis UK’s Pink Pants events throughout the year as the charity aims to raise awareness and funds for its work supporting thousands of women with endometriosis and their families.

Read more about Diary Doll's partnership with Endometriosis UK.

What's your word?

Keeping in the theme of getting people talking, we launched our What's your word? campaign. We asked you to tell us in one word how endometriosis makes you feel by taking a photo of yourself holding your word. We were overwhelmed by the response! You can see see the photos we received on our What's your word? photo page

Keep the photos coming in!

Find out more about What's your word?