Testimonials

One of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

One of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

Flicking through TV channels back in my early twenties, I stumbled upon a documentary about childless couples in the UK and the heartache so many go through to have a child of their own. This planted a seed in my mind and a desire to help in some way, and every now and then in the following years, I’d Google ways to donate but never went through with anything due to my studies, work commitments and the hurdles I expected along the way.

It was around six years ago that I stumbled upon Pride Angel and I immediately felt that this open, friendly website was an ideal place for me to explore this desire to help further. The beauty of Pride Angel for me as a new member back then was the way in which I could be explicit about exactly what I was hoping for - in my case, a small level of contact in order to be on hand should the child every grow up to wonder who I am.

I had lots of requests from people who wanting a donor with no contact, but this I didn’t feel was exactly right for me, and I met a few couples before deciding on the right one - a lesbian couple who lived around an hour away who shared an uncanny level of similar interests. I just knew they were the ones. I would advise that any prospective sperm recipient ensures donors have a full sexual health checkup, and with that out of the way, I began the simple process of donating.

To all of our surprise, it worked on the second attempt (or first one completed properly!) and I was overjoyed to see this very special couple begin the process of motherhood together. From my perspective, I felt that I had done what I’d set out to do and maintained a very positive relationship with the couple, overjoyed to see things develop during pregnancy before enjoying their child grow into the inquisitive charming individual they’ve since become, and I carried on with life, forgetting about the profile I’d set up which was sitting there silently in the background.

One day, however, I checked my emails and saw an email from Pride Angel informing me that I had unread messages, so logged back in to close down my account and to ensure I didn’t raise anyone else’s hopes. After checking through a few messages, and getting back to everyone to say I was done with the process but I’d be happy to chat if anyone wanted some advice on the process and issues that might need ironing out beforehand, a heterosexual couple responded and asked if I’d be happy to Skype with them. With nothing to lose and some helpful advice to impart, we chatted for a while and by the end of our conversation I just knew that it would be the right thing to do to help one more couple out.

They’d previously been through the heartbreaking process of failed IVF and I couldn’t help but think how easy it would be to help, and how much this beautiful couple could offer a child which they so deserved and yearned for. Following the same procedure as before, the process worked on the second attempt again and just as with the first donation, their beautiful child has brought a whole world of joy to them and their wider family.

In both cases, the birth mothers highlighted the contrast between this process and the clinical one and why this made more sense for them at this stage in their journeys. My profile has now closed down for good, and I feel my time as a donor for any other couples is over, but I have agreed to be on hand for further donations to either couple should they wish for more children with the same genetic match.

As a gay man, the process has been extremely fulfilling as I don’t have a desire for children of my own, but a little part of me likes to know that I’ve helped others to fulfil their dream which I get to share in now and then, if only through an occasional get together or a lifelong friendship and photos on social media or WhatsApp.

My advice to anyone thinking of donating is simple - get yourself checked out, decide upon the terms of your donation (contact, contracts, etc.), get a feel for the person or couple beforehand and then just go for it. Seeing two couples so happy, and two beautiful children thriving in a loving family unit is an absolute joy and my tiny offer of assistance has blossomed into one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

Steve, Monmouthshire - Sep 2020

Would recommend to everyone

Would recommend to everyone

Brilliant site have helped a few people would recommend to everyone

Ryan, Cheshire, UK - Sep 2020

A special bond and will forever be grateful to this site for helping us meet and experience the most precious gift of love and family and life

A special bond and will forever be grateful to this site for helping us meet and experience the most precious gift of love and family and life

I loved this site and have met and helped the most amazing people create families. We all still have a special bond and will forever be grateful to this site for helping us meet and experience the most precious gift of love and family and life. If I were younger, I would most certainly do another egg donation. It has been a life changing honour.

Jo Ann, Hampshire, UK - Aug 2020

Thanks for being there when I needed you Pride Angel

Thanks for being there when I needed you Pride Angel

It felt really good that Pride Angel was there when I needed some guidance on how processes should be undertaken, how best to 'vet' people and just to get a general feel for how things should be done properly. I did Find my donor outside of Pride Angel and have a beautiful 2 year old, but I want to Thank you Pride Angel for being there when I needed you

Tam, Cardiff, UK - Jun 2020

I am now Pregant

I am now Pregant

Thank you so much! I really appreciate this system.

Aiko, Japan - Jun 2020

Your incredible work connecting donors and recipients

Your incredible work connecting donors and recipients

"I would like to thank PrideAngel for your incredible work connecting donors and recipients. Because of your service, there's a happy and healthy baby girl growing up in Sweden right now. She wouldn't have existed if I hadn't connected with her mother through your website. It brings me so much joy that we're all on this journey together to bring more life into this world."

Patrik, Sweden - Jun 2020

I signed up 4 or so years ago. My 3 year old is sleeping beside me! best decision of my life

I signed up 4 or so years ago. My 3 year old is sleeping beside me! best decision of my life

"I started trying to conceive as a 30 year old single mother by choice. To begin with, I spent eye-watering sums on failed rounds of IVF (3 x full rounds) and IUI at clinics ( 3 x full rounds) using frozen sperm-bank sperm. After spending tens of thousands (literally) and wasting around 2 years trying - I was extremely disillusioned. I'd had one miscarriage, cysts due to over medication and felt utterly desolate. I decided that I needed a change in tack. Medically, there was nothing wrong with me – I was young with good test results – so I decided that the problem was likely too much medical intervention. I asked in an online single mother by choice forum whether anyone had any recommendations for known donors. At the time, I was living on a tiny remote island – the pool of men was minuscule, and I didn't have anyone in my sphere that I wanted to use. A member of the online single mother by choice community recommended your site. I actually liked the fact there was a paid element because I hoped it would weed out the less serious donors. I spoke to a few donors but clicked with one person in particular. He'd only just joined, said he'd heard about the concept from a TV show and wanted to help. He's around my age (early 30s) and I was his first donation. Prior to meeting, I paid for him to have a full medical check. I flew him to where I was living, put him up in a hotel and timed my cycles assiduously using an Ovacue machine. We ended up inseminating 3 times over 3 days using a soft-cup (the 3 days in the build up to ovulation). Miraculously, our low tech method worked – and I gave birth to a healthy boy 9 months later. The donor said he left the site soon after I was pregnant and didn't help anyone else. He said he'd be happy to help again if I want other children. I'm still in contact with the donor. We message via WhatsApp and Skype and see each other when we can (we live in different countries). He told his parents shortly after my son was born. We've actually met them a few times too (they flew to us once, we flew to them another time), and we send photo updates. I'm the sole name on the birth certificate and have all parental rights, but I'm so happy for my son to have contact with his biological relations. This arrangement has worked out far better than any of us ever expected! Ours is the ultimate success story and I'm forever grateful to Pride Angel. I literally met the donor for the first on the day we inseminated. I knew when I first messaged him that he was something special – but he has literally been an angel in my life. I'm only frustrated with myself for not going the known-donor route to begin with. I'd been nervous about the risk of STIs and the donor wanting custody – but honestly, the donor is such a genuine person and I'm forever grateful that my son knows and can speak to his biological father. Having my son is the best decision I've ever made. And he's the best donor I could have ever hoped for. As well as the usual (attractive, intelligent etc) he's incredibly kind, empathetic and courageous. I'm glad my son has his traits!"

Akua, Europe - May 2020

Thank you for connecting us to our sperm donor!!!

Thank you for connecting us to our sperm donor!!!

Thank you for connecting us to our sperm donor!!!

E, Canada - May 2020

Donor found

Donor found

Great site very happy with it

Helen & Partner , Ireland - Mar 2020

We found a donor 5 years ago

We found a donor 5 years ago

We found a donor 5 years ago and now have two beautiful children. Thank you.

Susan & Carly, Hampshire, UK - Nov 2019