It is now 6 years since I moved back to Edinburgh and began working with Amica. Initially I went to volunteer to finish up my pregnancy crisis counselling course, and somehow ended up working there. It's been lovely to combine my work experience in Community Education with my studies of women's health which I did as part of my Health Science degree.

In March 2009, I took on the role of manager of the centre with Sarah who was one of our volunteers at the time. We've worked together for four years now, and this summer she'll be leaving. Before that we hope to fundraise for Amica with a sponsored spacehop on Saturday 13th July 2013.

Working for Amica has meant a lot of sacrifices, but I do it because I really believe in the work we do. Our centre is unique because of the passion of our staff (most of whom work on a voluntary basis) and the fact we offer all our services to clients completely free of charge. Our centre is a safe space for people to come to in their time of crisis or grief, where they'll be listened to, not judged or pushed into any kind of decision and treated as a whole person. 

At 17, I wish I had known about Amica. I wish there'd been an Amica when I was at university - not just for me, but for many friends who had scares, crisis pregnancies, struggled after miscarriages or terminations and didn't know what to do or where to turn. I have since had many friends who (secretly) have told me they wish they'd seen our leaflets or a poster in a doctor's waiting room when they could have benefitted from support Amica offers.

Right now, most centres are seeing declining numbers. Amica's client sessions have increased every year since 2009. 

Here are the facts since 2009:

-our running costs have increased due to inflation and VAT rises and new training from the Open College Network for staff.

-the number of client sessions we are doing has increased every year

-the funding available is reducing every year

Funding is always an issue for us. Pregnancy loss (particularly termination) is a hugely stigmatised and taboo topic. It is whispered about rather than openly discussed. Without the generosity of others like you, our centre will not be able to continue running and yet our numbers show we are very much wanted and needed by our clients.

£392 could pay for a staff member to do the pregnancy choices practitioner training.

£100 could pay for a mail out to all the GPs in Edinburgh so they each have a poster in their waiting room.

£60 could pay for a lesson in a local secondary school.

£35 could pay for a family to get new cot mattress.

£1 could pay for someone to get a pregnancy test.

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Updates 9

In a lot of pain today...but it's worth it...only 6% away from my fundraising target. Wondering if by the time I go to work tomorrow the target could be achieved...?

14/07/13 05:57

We did it! Thank you to Pat for your £10 donation, and to Eve who did some bounces for pennies!

13/07/13 01:20

Thank you Christine for your £5 donation! :)

12/07/13 09:15

Thank you to step dad - pledging £20 to the spacehop! :)

12/07/13 10:01

Thank you to Dorothy who has pledged £10 (offline) to the spacehop. Continuing to bounce when I can - the spacehopper came to Glasgow with me last Sunday! Hoping pain from rock climbing yesterday goes before Saturday...

10/07/13 12:09

Raising money for

Amica Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Amica Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Charity Registration No. SC028353

Support for women and men struggling with unplanned pregnancy & pregnancy loss.

Raising money for

Run by Amica Pregnancy Crisis Centre

Charity Registration No. SC028353

Donations 24

Well done . Proud of you

Donation by Shamin Joshi on 13/08/13

Donation by Anonymous on 09/08/13


Well done!

Donation by Jenny on 15/07/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

You go poopy legs ;))) Dave & Giraffe x x

Donation by Anonymous on 14/07/13


Well done Laurie :) A worthy cause xx

Donation by Anonymous on 14/07/13


Hi, hope you had fun, and that you reach your target.

Donation by Andrew Harris on 14/07/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great effort! Hope to see you hopping shortly. B, V, E and C xxxx

Donation by Brian Allen on 13/07/13

Donation by Craig Armstrong on 13/07/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Happy hopping !!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/07/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

wooo bounce your ass off! :D will be down to cheer u on hopefully!

Donation by Fi and Joan aka los Arroyo on 12/07/13


Happy bouncing!

Donation by Tara Devlin on 10/07/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck LA! Hope to see the photos of the Space Hop when you're done!

Donation by Anonymous on 10/07/13

Brilliant fundraising idea, best of luck!!

Donation by Dan G on 10/07/13

Good luck with your bounce, Laurie!

Donation by Hannah Prittie on 05/07/13

Looks like good fun to be had by all taking part.

Donation by S Taylor on 03/07/13


Donation by Anonymous on 03/07/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Much craziness x2!!! Love this fundraising idea!! Mad!

Donation by Nicola on 02/07/13


+ £1.88 Gift Aid

Would love to join you!!! All the best to you both, great cause xx

Donation by Julia Acott on 30/06/13


Hope you both have immense fun and raise a lot of money for Amica !! Every blessing to you both xx

Donation by Anonymous on 20/06/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

I hope this helps in helping Amica in some way. Also, I know this is on your bucket list Laurie! Enjoy crossing it off : ) Love Becca & Simon x

Donation by Rebecca Lobb on 16/06/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Boingy boingy boingy wee. Hope it is every bit as fun as it sounds xx

Donation by Sonia, David, Anna and Callum on 13/06/13


Hope it goes well and that it is not raining!

Donation by K and D on 12/06/13


Donation by Anonymous on 11/06/13

Adds a whole new meaning to a 'bouncing baby girl'! Hope it goes well. Will pray as requested in your email. Love, F xx

Donation by Frances Young on 10/06/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£617.50
  • Offline donations£76.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£693.50
  • Gift Aid£61.88

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