Here is the latest news from After Adoption Yorkshire, the organisation that runs UK Donor Link, about the film featuring UKDL registrants that is to be shown on BBC1 on 30th August. Please do watch it and then go on to UKDL’s web site afterwards so that they can log the response. And if you haven’t done it already, let Ann Milton the Minister for Public Health know how you feel about the possibility of UKDL having to close the door to so many donor conceived people.
The documentary ‘Donor Mum: The Children I’ve never met’ (provisional title) is due to be broadcast on BBC1 on TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST AT 22.35PM (subject to any last minute changes) and we have been delighted to play our part in the making of it.
The documentary tells the story of an egg donor who became a single mum by choice through a UK clinic in the autumn of 1990. Delighted by her own experience, she decided to donate eggs and did so via a Harley St clinic the following year. The documentary explains the very unusual circumstances in which she came to know the identity of the twins that resulted from her donation from their early years. When the twins reached age 18, she decided to approach the family to make herself available to them should they want any more information from her or to have contact. UK DonorLink helped with this – a most unusual request in our experience to date but one with very important messages. The documentary charts their contact and brings us up to date. It’s a very positive story and one that presents sensitively and respectfully the complex emotions that can surround donor conception and its aftermath.
Your members will be aware of the threatened closure of UK DonorLink. We are still awaiting a decision from the Public Health Minister as to our future and have therefore had to start the closure process as our funding will run out at the end of October. With great regret, we had to make the very difficult decision to stop taking registrations ahead of the showing of the documentary as we simply could not guarantee to complete the DNA testing and matching process within the time that we have left. Neither could we cope with the anticipated demand alongside closing down the service. We will, however, invite anyone visiting our website from FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST to register an ‘Expression of Interest’ and will let all who do so know the Minister’s decision as soon as it is made. If it is good news, then we will start registering them straightaway.
It is heartbreaking that at a time when our service and the opportunities it presents is receiving mainstream media coverage that we cannot respond from the security of a permanent service.
We are grateful for the massive levels of support that we have received both nationally and internationally.