FERTILITY staff marked the first day of Advent by unveiling a portrait of the latest baby they helped be born.
The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre in Eastbourne opened up a gallery last year and regularly updates it with a new ‘Face of Fertility’ every year.
It is meant as a lasting tribute to the work the facility does to help families have the children they would otherwise be denied.
Since the unit opened 22 years ago, nearly 2,000 children have been born following treatment there.
Local couple Rebecca and Juliette Mirams-Camp turned to the centre to fulfil their dreams of having a family.
The two new mums were delighted when Rebecca fell pregnant and gave birth to Alice earlier this year.
And it was their child who was chosen to have her portrait done.
Rebecca told the Gazette said, “The team at The Sussex Downs Fertility Centre are fantastic; it’s such a fabulous place.
“They were incredibly supportive and helped in such a sympathetic and thorough manner.
“They looked after us and we’ll always be so grateful.”
Juliette added, “The gallery is a stunning way to commemorate a vital service and all the great work that has helped so many people enjoy the gift of parenthood.
“It feels very fitting that our lovely little girl is now part of the gallery and her photograph has been installed on the first day of Advent, on the eve of her very first Christmas.
“We’re all very excited.