A day in the life of Gabrielle Johnson

We chat to Nurture UK’s Donor Co-Ordinator, ex Cape Townian and family orientated Gabrielle Johnson. 

Find out what her day looks like,  what gets her going in the morning, and what her one piece of advice for a new donor is.


  1. Describe in 10 words or less what you do at Nurture.

I look after and support the Donors throughout their donation.


  1. What does a typical day at Nurture look like for you?

I am the Donor co-ordinator for the UK. I communicate with all of our active donors as well as check through new donor profiles and do donor interviews. Each day brings new challenges but Kirsty, Lee and myself are a fantastic team and we work really well together.


  1. What was your day job before Nurture?

I owned my own small business in Cape Town, we manufactured decorative curtain rods.


  1. What has been the highlight of your Nurture career?

Being a part of the Nurture family.


  1. What does the word “family” mean to you?

Family means everything to me, my family is my ‘safe’ place. Someone once told me you never truly know what love is until you have a child – and they could not have been more right.


  1. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question – what would you ask?

Is there life after death?


  1. What is in your ideal picnic basket?

Cheese, wine, crisps, sour cream and chive dip and wine.


  1. What’s your superpower?

I would have to say punctuality. I am really good at being on time or early.


  1. What do you do when you’re not at work?

I spend every spare minute with my daughter and husband. We enjoy going on family days out, exploring and traveling to new places. We love going to the London parks in summer and being outdoors.


  1. What is the one thing you would say to a brand-new egg donor?

Make 100% sure, before saying yes that this is something that you would like to do and that you are able to follow through with the donation process, until the end.


  1. Describe the average Nurture egg donor in five words.

Amazing, Brave, Selfless, Kind and Caring.


  1. Describe an average morning in your household. 

Busy and rushed!!


  1. What is your proudest achievement?

Getting up on stage and performing (singing) in front of an audience.


  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Follow your heart and trust your instincts.


  1. What is the biggest misconception about egg donation that you would wave a wand to clear up?

People thinking that you can run out of eggs or use them all up, by donating.


Contact Gabrielle on gabby@nurture.co.za or +44 770 2737 300


Why do women donate their eggs?

It’s a question that gets asked all the time – why would women donate their eggs

Are they giving away their babies?

Are they selling their  eggs for the money? At Nurture, we’ve heard it all, and we’re here to say: Every woman is different and may have different motivation.

So here are a few of the most common reasons.


They need the money

Firstly, our donors are compensated £750 for their time and effort. They’re not ‘selling’ their eggs. And yes, the money does entice some donors to apply to Nurture UK. But egg donation is no quick easy money – it’s hard work and a lot of commitment, and involves an intense screening process. Very often we find that women who are initially attracted by the idea of some extra money quickly find that it doesn’t matter as much as helping someone to fulfill their dream. It’s so much more valuable than the money!


They know someone who has struggled with infertility…

A personal connection to someone who has struggled with infertility is another motivator for donors.


… Or know single people or same-sex couples who want a baby

Unlike some places around the world, in the UK it is legal to donate your eggs to gay couples and single parents!


They genuinely want to make a difference

This is made all the more incredible by the fact that our donations are anonymous. Donors sign up because they want to make a difference in another person’s life by helping them to build their family.


They are innately compassionate people

Simply put – they care. They’re willing to undergo a pretty intense process to help a total stranger – one that they often end up forming a bond with, even though they never meet. They know how important this is to the recipient, and are invested in seeing this succeed.

Often, it’s a combination of some or all of the above.