IVF baby Charlotte Holmes an ambassador for Robert Winston's charity
CHARLOTTE Holmes, recently crowned Miss England and former Face of Plymouth, has become an ambassador for a charity researching health problems in babies.
The 23-year-old model was one of the first babies to be conceived by IVF at Professor Robert Winston's clinic at Hammersmith Hospital.
Charlotte said: "It's a real honour to become an ambassador for Genesis Research Trust, a charity so close to my and my family's hearts, born to parents whose last hope of a family was their appointment with Professor Winston at the Wolfson Family Clinic at Hammersmith Hospital in 1987.
"I want to do my utmost to further raise awareness and funds for this inspirational team whose pioneering work directly resulted in my existence and I am very much looking forward to working with Lord Winston and the charity to achieve these goals."
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Genesis Research Trust, based at Hammersmith Hospital and part of Imperial College London, is chaired by its founder Prof Robert Winston to conduct world-class research into devastating diseases affecting women and their babies.
Professor Robert Winston said: "I am delighted that Charlotte has chosen to support Genesis Research Trust and is taking part in our women-only cycle challenge in Sri Lanka 2013.
"She has a natural connection with our charity and every penny raised by her will help our efforts to ensure the health of future generations."
Over the past 12 years, almost 2,000 women have taken part in the cycle challenge and have raised approximately £6million. Branded Women for Women, these challenges are now the UK's longest running women-only challenges.
The funds raised train women scientists and clinicians, empowering more women to lead in this field.
For more information about supporting Genesis Research Trust or to sign up to the Women for Women charity challenge events, visit www.genesisresearchtrust.com.
For more information about Miss England visit www.missengland.info.