Bernadette and Paul are preparing to travel some 2,000-plus miles as they embark on their fertility journey with the Pelargos IVF Clinic in Greece.
The couple, from Northern Ireland, are the latest to participate in the Fertility Journeys Project.
Bernadette, from Belfast, and Paul, from Cork, have been together for more than ten years after falling for each other on a night out.
Bernadette remembers: “We both knew of each other before, but didn’t ever talk or anything. We were on a night out, got chatting and it escalated from there!”
The couple had been trying for a baby for some time when they decided to undergo IVF in their home country. Unfortunately, this first treatment did not go to plan.
Bernadette said: “We had one free go on the NHS which went horribly wrong and unfortunately did not work out.
“It was a shambles from start to finish and initially I thought ‘never again’. But I looked into it and realised that when you go private for fertility help it is a different experience altogether.
“This was a couple of years ago now, so I think we are both ready to try again.”
When they discovered they had been selected for treatment at Pelargos IVF Clinic, Bernadette and Paul felt “so lucky” to have the chance to try again.
The couple said: “We are both still in shock that we have won this and really do feel so lucky to have this chance.
“We have talked about going abroad but just couldn’t decide when the time was right, but here we are.
“We plan to be in Greece for around two weeks, so I guess at this point it’s fingers crossed and we hope for the best.”