fundraising-2016

Fundraising

Please help us continue changing lives affected by Postpartum Psychosis

Spring 2016

Dr Jessica Heron

Funded by Big Lottery for the past four years (since 2012), Action on Postpartum Psychosis has made amazing progress in raising awareness of PP and supporting thousands of people affected by this devastating illness, with truly life-changing results. We have developed a model of best practice for training, supporting and working with volunteers. This way, we use the charity’s funds very effectively to make a real difference to over 1,400 women and their families in the UK affected by PP every year.

We need to raise over £100,000 every year to continue this work, grow the support we provide, and be here for all women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP).

Our plans over the next three years (2016 to 2019) are to:

  • Recruit Peer Support Coordinators and grow our team of Peer Support volunteers to help more women and families affected by PP;
  • Raise awareness of PP further among the general public and health professionals. To do this, we are growing our team of Media Volunteers – women with lived experience of PP who will be supported to tell their story to the media;
  • Train and support more volunteers to enable us to extend our programme of PP talks and training to the general public, health professionals and students;
  • Extend our website information and multi-media content, with the help of volunteers and service user research consultants working with world-leading academic and health professional experts on Postpartum Psychosis;
  • Support and enable fundraising volunteers to hold more local and national fundraising events.

We urgently need to secure further income to enable us to do this. Every £ raised helps APP continue our vital work. There are many ways you can help from simply making a personal donation to APP to organising a fundraising event in your local area – see below for details. 

Thank you for your support,

Dr Jessica Heron

Director, Action on Postpartum Psychosis


How you can help

Donate today, every £ helps!

Encourage others to support APP – please spread the word among family, friends, work colleagues and your online networks. Perhaps your workplace would adopt APP as its charity for the year?

Take part in a fundraising event – for details of upcoming events in your local area, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @ActionOnPP and keep an eye on the website.

Organise a fundraising event in your local area – from Art sales to Zumba, every £ you raise helps us to help more people affected by PP. Click here for ideas, inspiration and details of how APP can support your fundraising event. We can provide Action on Postpartum t-shirts, balloons and other give-aways. Email fundraising@app-network.org

Get sporty! Run, swim or cycle an event and raise sponsorship for APP. Tell us about it here and send us any photos and fundraising links.

Become an APP Fundraising Volunteer in your local area – contact us, email fundraising@app-network.org for details.

Sell your unwanted items via Ebay for Charity and donate part or all of the proceeds to APP.

Share links to our ‘#RealStaceys’ campaign in line with the current BBC1 EastEnders Postpartum Psychosis storyline to help us raise awareness and funds.


 

APP Purple Events

Purple PartyThroughout the year we ask people across the UK to hold a Purple Party or event where donations on the day are made to APP. We need YOU to get together with friends, family & colleagues & hold a Purple Event!

Here are a few suggestions of ways you can raise funds & have a great time too! We’re sure you can think of other ideas for events that work well, so use your imaginations & let us know so we can add them to this list. Do let us know if you’re planning anything fun or exciting & we’d really like photos & reports of your event! We can supply party packs with advertising & raising awareness literature if needed. The money you raise will make a difference to the lives of people affected by Postpartum Psychosis. Email: fundraising@www.app-network.org

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Zumbathon fundraiser

zumbathon FundraiserOn the 21st March, APP’s Mia and Val joined Karen for her fantastic Irish themed ‘Shake Your Shamrocks Zumbathon’ to raise funds for APP. The night was a great success with Zumba dances ranging from Irish themed to a modern dance lead by 10 year Paige. Easter team games followed by a fantastic raffle and refreshments. Karen’s limitless energy enthused everyone to get active, get dancing and have fun. A huge thank you to Karen for organising such a fantastic fundraiser, and a big thank you to all those who came to support on the night, who generously donated and who took away APP’s leaflets and information to share. Karen has raised over £300 so far from the event which is a brilliant amount, and a fun filled, enjoyable night was had by all! 


 

'Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz' fundraiser

Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz

Winning Team ‘Unit 4 Plus 2′

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our ‘Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz’ fundraiser on Sunday 7th Feb. With the standard of teams being very high and plenty of challenging questions, our well deserved congratulations go to the winning team ‘Unit 4 Plus 2′. Our thanks go to The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club for hosting the evening, to our Volunteer Hayley for organising the event & to Charles for giving a heartfelt talk about personal experiences of PP from a partner’s perspective. An amazing amount raised & a fabulous evening all round!


 

Roll-Royce Male Voice Choir Musical Evening

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Join us on 27th November at The Pavillion, Derby, DE24 9HY for this wonderful charity fundraiser. For tickets Tel: 0844 477 0601 or email heather@app-network.org


 

2nd place in Dublin 70.3 Ironman for Alex (age 66!)

Alex Dublin IronmanBack in September 2014 it felt like a good idea to try a 70.3 Ironman and take the opportunity to raise some more money for APP.

I injured my neck and shoulder in a race crash in Geneva and had made it worse by going into the ditch avoiding a tractor a week before Dublin.

If this report doesn’t sound like I enjoyed most of the race then it’s accurate – I’d been to a sports physio and an osteopath the week before but the level of pain I was getting from my neck and shoulder meant that at every stage of the race I was telling myself, “I’ll just do this next bit and then drop out”.

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Tracey completes 10 mile walk for APP

charity-walk-tracey-RobinsonIn June 2015 my sister-in-law joined me in a 10 mile charity walk through the Kent countryside. It was an exhausting but rewarding day, with the added bonus of plenty of sunshine and beautiful views. I selected APP as my chosen charity as the work they do for women and their families is so important. When I suffered postpartum psychosis myself 11 years ago there was very little user-friendly reliable information, and no access to peer support. It was a lonely and terrifying place to be, and the stigma surrounding mental illness really hindered me in properly engaging in the treatment and support that I was offered. I count myself very lucky to have achieved a good recovery.  The information produced by APP, their anti-stigma work and online peer support forum provides amazing support for women who experience this distressing and dangerous illness. I hope that the £180 I raised will be a really worthwhile contribution to their work.

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Tracey for completing the walk and raising funds too!


 

Ollie's half marathon 'thank you' for APP support

Ollie ChapmanThis year I will be running the Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 25th October. A complete turnaround for someone who hated running six months ago and couldn’t run a mile. A 10k assault course for charity in April whetted my appetite and the next step beckoned.

I feel I really have to push myself this year, I’m not getting any younger, I want the physical challenge but the ultimate goal is to represent my heroic wife and the support APP have provided to both of us. Giving something back is of paramount importance to me.

My wife encountered PP in summer 2013 after the birth of our daughter and then suffered a particularly nasty relapse in summer 2014. I encountered the comforting arms of APP during and after the relapse. You were there when I needed you and when my wife was well enough, when she needed you. The chance to speak to volunteers and other families going through the same experiences was and still is invaluable as we try to make sense of it all; To learn that you are not alone, despite the apparent destruction of your ‘world’.

APP has been incredibly supportive of me as a husband, the carer in the bad times. A mentor, a chat on the forum and a chance to shape future care with discussions and taking part in research with Cardiff Uni. If I could grade your support, A*, every time.

Thank you, Ollie.

<Click here to sponsor Ollie>


 

Worthing 10K run for APP

RunningJo, who is an enthusiastic supporter of APP, is running the Worthing 10K in June and raising funds for APP.

“I hope that mothers, partners & families everywhere will sponsor me in order to enable APP to address the ignorance, stigma & lack of provision which it has already done so much to address.”

Running 10k will not be easy for Jo (is it ever?) so please spur her on by sponsoring her if you can. Let us try together to exceed her target!

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Golden wedding couple donate to APP

Golden weddingGolden wedding fundraiserOn Friday, 3rd April Sandra and Bob Chapman of Rosliston celebrated their golden wedding at Hoon Ridge in Derbyshire by kind invitation of Alex & Heather Heron.  An afternoon tea party was enjoyed by a very lively group. Sandra is a member of the local “Breakaways” choir who, in between scones and strawberries sang well into the evening .  Adrian Blamire entertained the party during the afternoon and Heather spoke about the valuable work of APP. Instead of presents Sandra & Bob asked for a donation to be sent to APP. We thank the happy couple for thinking of APP as they tripped down memory lane with their friends and family. A great sum of £192 was raised. Well done everyone! …And what a great team of caterers!

Artwork raises funds for APP

Oil on CanvasA unique and evocative piece donated by the exciting artist Dale vN Marshall was auctioned in December. After much anticipation and some fierce bidding, we were very pleased the final figure reached £594.

We would like to thank Dale and his supporters for this incredible chance to raise money to support, campaign, research, publish, inform and connect to build a better future for all those effected by Postpartum Psychosis. I’d like to add my own personal thanks for creating a remarkable body of work that transcends words and moved me so deeply.

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The Chelsea and Yorkshire Building Societies Supporting APP!

Christmas cardIn November a talented artist, Alexis Stevens, designed and produced Christmas cards for  the Chelsea & Yorkshire Building Societies with the aim of donating all of the sale proceeds to APP.

The eye catching result with its London dreamscape and pop- art style is already selling well in the societies’ branches- especially in London.

We feel sure that APP Members and Friends or supporters of APP throughout the UK would enjoy sending the cards – either in a “corporate” capacity or as personal cards to friends – not only to support fundraising but also to raise awareness of our charity (whose details are writ large on the back of each card!)

Christmas card 2We should like to offer the warmest of thanks to Alexis & to the Westminster branch of the Society and also to the production team behind the project including: Alan Bale who has been so very helpful in getting cards out to branches and also to Donna Dunston who has sorted out production.

By seizing the initiative & supporting APP in this way, the Chelsea & Yorkshire team have shown just how flexible, caring, and energetically charitable such companies can be in support of those with serious perinatal mental illness .  So if you are near the following branches in London, Chelsea, Ealing, Fulham, Kensington, City, West End or Westminster, why not pop in as our ambassadors , say “hello”, and buy some of the societies’ cards ? Branch finder>

Warm thanks & a Happy Xmas to Alexis Stevens and all those at the Chelsea & Yorkshire Building Societies , who are supporting APP this Xmas season.

From the APP fundraising team


 

Congratulations London to Brighton Riders!

Our huge thanks go to Anna Jones who celebrated her 40th birthday by thinking of others. Anna persuaded her friends to join her in a recent charity London to Brighton bike-ride for APP. This really was no mean feat given that she managed to build a team of 34 women who trained for months to complete the ride. They all arrived in Brighton in a purple t-shirted haze of glory and raised the most magnificent sum of £11,598.82 to help us with our work. Again, we cannot thank team Anna Jones enough for what has proved to be a real highlight for APP.

London Brighton Riders


 

North-West Triathlon Relay Triumph!

Kerstin Botham North West TriathlonOur huge thanks go to Stephen and Kerstin Botham and to their friend Jen who successfully completed the recent North-West Triathlon Relay in aid of APP. The triathlon was the culmination of very many months of fundraising by team Botham on behalf of APP, in memory of their friend rosy who died after an episode of PP.

We cannot thank the Bothams’ team enough for their months of arduous training and for the selfless giving of their time at the saddest of times for all concerned. Their efforts raised a huge sum for app of £4,325 which will be used to support and raise much needed awareness of PP so that other women might escape the tragedy which has faced Rosy’s family and friends.

 


 

Purple Party in Memory of Rosy

Close friends of tragic young mum Rosy Hinchliffe have launched a ‘life-long’ fund and awareness raising mission in her memory.  Kerstin and her husband Stephen Botham are to put on a host of events for APP and the couple’s first major event will be an all-day ‘purple party’ charity auction and raffle.

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They will also compete in the Northwest Triathlon in September as part of their bid to prevent similar incidents occurring among new mothers in the future.

If you are nearby, please do go along and support this event if you can – you’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome! Or if you can support  in any way, by donating,  supplying auction items or providing live music etc. please get in touch.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner article: Charity event in memory of Rosy>>

To donate please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/TriActionPP

or text TAPP84 £5, £10, £15 to 70070


 

'Laps for Alice' at the Brooklands Half

running feet flickrEdward and Tilly are taking on the massive challenge of running the Brooklands Half Marathon, Surrey in March. We wish them good luck with their training and hope they run like the wind on the day! We are very grateful to them and everyone who has helped them raise an amazing amount so far. THANK YOU.

Please support them here if you can>

 

Purple party at Hoon Ridge

Last year, APP trustees from the Derby area hosted a ‘Purple Party’ at Hoon Ridge. Picture: table tennis; bean-bag tossing; field skittles; badminton; ‘How many APP balloons in a mini?’; children’s art tent; a cake stall heaped with donations; tombola; an impressive auction of artwork, fine wines, holiday accommodation, business tuition and much more ….; toddlers’ play garden; sports massages; pamper sessions; cream teas and champagne; beer and curries etc …all rounded off with a game of rounders: men v women! (the ladies won hands-down…almost). We cannot thank enough all those who helped or came along to support, trustees, members, regional representatives, entire families – press-ganged into cooking, clearing, serving, erecting. The afternoon raised almost £2,200 for APP which is just an amazing amount to have achieved.

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Gorgeous handmade jewellery to raise funds

Redenti handmade vintage-inspired jewellery is now available.

Each Redenti piece is uniquely handmade using semi-precious stones, pearls, swarovski crystals and a vintage brooch or two. Gold and silver plate and sterling silver are also used to create unique & stunning pieces.

“This first collection has been made in memory of my cousin Alice. A third of Redenti profits go to APP which supports mums suffering from Postpartum Psychosis as Alice did, & their families.”

Treat yourself or someone special in your life & raise funds at the same time! Free UK postage & packaging.

Enjoy browsing here»

“Thank you for having a browse & for joining me in adding a drop of love into the ocean for those affected by postpartum psychosis, a deeply challenging illness.”

Redenti Jewellery

 

Willis Associates Support APP at Christmas & New Year

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Christmas tree

What a heartening start to 2014 for the fundraising team of APP!

Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the company Willis Group nominates 3 charities who each share the donations from associates who are in the office over that period. They operate a “dress down” policy on each of those days and associates donate each day they come in to work.

What a brilliant way of giving associates a voice and in the process : giving support to charities like ours who are doing such hard work on behalf of women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis.

Warm thanks are due to all at Willis Associates for their very generous cheque and especially to their colleague who nominated APP – as being eminently worthy of their company’s support.

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Thank You to Sotheby's!

Sotheby's presenting chequeWe are greatly indebted to Sotheby’s, London for throwing itself into fundraising and awareness – raising for APP. In a number of ways the Sotheby’s staff worked so very hard to promote and support us this Summer and Autumn.

Thanks are due to Penny Speight and her artistic team for mounting a Staff Summer Exhibition and a highly successful Preview Evening complete with a delicious buffet, fantastic wine, a high standard of artwork, and the most moving of speeches from trustee Nicola Muckelroy. Thanks are also due to Lord Dalmeny and our chair, Professor Ian Jones who both spoke in warm support of our important work and of those women and families who find themselves affected by Postpartum Psychosis.

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Birmingham Family Fun Event

Birmingham Purple PartyOn 18th Aug , APP ‘s Heather Heron and Nic Muckelroy journeyed to Martineau Gardens in Birmingham to attend a special family fun event organised by staff of Birmingham’s Mother & Baby Unit (MBU). We are grateful to Giles Berrisford and Clare Hooper for affording us the opportunity to man an APP stall in order to raise awareness of PP. It was a hugely enjoyable day for those families who have benefited from such a great facility as the Birminham MBU and for those friends who continue to support it. If you have not been to Martineau gardens : go ! It is a wonderfully quirky little place for children and families.

Sotheby's Staff Summer Exhibition

On 25th July, Sotheby’s organised a Staff Summer Exhibition in London. APP was the chosen charity and a great preview evening was enjoyed by a huge throng of invited guests, including APP trustees. We are greatly indebted to the team at Sotheby’s including all of the artists and those who produced the impressive catalogue. It was humbling to see Sotheby’s staff working so hard on our behalf, both on the special preview night and prior to it.  Informative and moving speeches were delivered by Nic Muckelroy and Prof. Ian Jones and the feedback from all involved was really positive.

We will report soon on the final amount raised at this event.

APP / PP Catalogue Advert

APP catalogue advert / PP information

These are the two pages providing information on Postpartum Psychosis & APP charity printed in the Sotheby’s London, 22nd July – 9th August catalogue.

Many thanks & heartfelt gratitude to Sotheby’s staff for your considerable efforts & hosting a wonderful event!

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Support Us at Sotheby’s Annual Staff Exhibition

sothebys catalogue

From Friday 26th July Sotheby’s staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. We are delighted that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity and we receive 15% on sales of very reasonably priced artwork.  APP will also have a stand there and we appear (in some detail) in their catalogue which Sotheby’s will kindly donate 100% of sales to us.The exhibition runs from 26th July – 9th August, Mon to Fri, 9am till 4.30pm, Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA.

It would be wonderful if you could support us by taking a trip to the exhibition or by buying a catalogue? Or even buy some artwork? Or perhaps you or your company would enclose a donation in our envelopes – available from the APP stall?

Catalogues are available at the exhibition or we are selling them at £3.50 each +postage, please contact heather@www.app-network.org

Thank you in advance for your support.

Voices of the Valley Charity Concert

On Friday 14th June, 2013 some members of the APP Board, along with their friends, journeyed to Llay nr Wrexham in Wales for a charity concert performed by the internationally renowned, Welsh ”Fron Male Voice Choir“. APP will benefit financially by the Fron’s generosity and we should like to thank all of the choir, their conductor and their management  for: the warmth of their welcome; for their flexibility in allowing us to invade their hall with our advertising banner and literature – thereby raising vital awareness ; and of course – for the soaring beauty of their singing! It was a truly magnificent gesture from a very busy choir and we look forward to maintaining contact with them in the future as we at APP also soar!

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Robin's Madrid Marathon Challenge

Madrid MarathonWhen I signed up to run the Madrid Marathon, I was aware that Madrid was likely to be pretty hot in April, and the course was far from flat.  Most marathon websites have a map of the course – this one had a map, but also an altimeter!  This fear of a gruelling few hours in the Spanish capital spurred me on to undergo some very wintry runs in the early months of the year.  The training became easier and more determined as more and more kind friends and family donated to APP.

I was then made aware of the charity fund-matching scheme of my employer, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), so with JLT and many friends backing me to finish the pressure was on.

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APP Nominated as Sotheby's 2013 Charity

Sotheby'sFrom Friday 26th July, 2013 Sotheby’s staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. The exhibition will continue, thereafter for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm, at Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA

We are delighted to announce that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity. 

This wonderful support for APP is undertaken in memory of a well – loved colleague: Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (Alice Gibson-Watt) who, sadly, died recently. May we encourage you all to visit  this wonderful exhibition during the 2 weeks it is showing this summer? …. perhaps buy reasonably priced artwork ? … or, if this is not possible, perhaps buy a beautifully produced 2013 Staff Exhibition sale catalogue from Sotheby’s, in which you will also find brief details of APP’s work?

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Friends of APP - Marathon Fundraising

Jim Malbon successfully completed the Brighton marathon for APP. Warm thanks go to him for his valiant efforts – especially after hitting the “Wall” way before the finish line. He has raised a magnificent sum for our vital work and we think looks pretty good in our APP vest too!
 
Robin Hamilton is running the Madrid Marathon for us at the end of this month; again we are greatly indebted to him for this. We wish Robin well and hope the weather is not too hot for him.
 
The sums raised by Jim and Robin will prove invaluable in setting up our UK wide Peer Support networks and information banks – as well as in facilitating research – into this saddest of serious postnatal mental illnesses which can strike any mother, often “out of the blue”.

(We have so many sporty partners and Friends of APP that we’ll soon be able to produce running and triathlon teams!)

Robin to run Madrid Marathon 28th April

“I am running a hot and hilly marathon in Madrid on Sunday 28th April this year. Just before Christmas a family friend of mine tragically died following a brief illness I had not previously heard of, Postpartum Psychosis (PP). She had had her first child, a beautiful girl, just 5 weeks beforehand.”

“I have since learned that Postpartum Psychosis is a mental illness characterised by the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth. As you will see on the charity website, APP is a charity set up with the following aims: To provide up to date information to women who have experienced PP & their families, to facilitate research into all aspects of PP, to facilitate a peer support network for women & their families, to increase awareness of PP, its symptoms, management & impact among health professionals & the general public, and to advocate for improved services for women & their families.”

“With many people I know starting families, and with the sad loss of my friend, I feel that it is a very real and worthy cause which will help raise awareness of Postpartum Psychosis, and what can be done to prevent tragedy. Thank you so much for all your support, and thank you for any donations – I will be thinking of all of you who have supported the charity as I race around Madrid at the end of this month.”

From all of us at APP, thank you very much Robin. We hope your training is going well & we wish you the very best of luck for the forthcoming run!

APP's First Purple Wedding!

Purple WeddingAPP’s first purple wedding took place on 2nd January 2013, when Jo Thorpe married Will Grace at Holdsworth House in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  After recovering from PP in 2010, Jo married her partner Will, whom she met whilst they played music together in a band, with their beautiful daughter, Marya, as a bridesmaid.  With purple ties, purple flowers, purple jewellery, purple bridesmaids and a purple wedding cake it made a spectacular purple party!  Even some guests showed support by dressing in purple too.  It was a very special day, with many friends and family who travelled from far and wide.

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Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) Fundraiser

When asked why they climbed Everest, some mountaineers reply, “Because it’s there”. Alex Heron and his jolly bunch of paramotoring mates, John Casson, Henry Glasse and Brian Pushman, couldn’t be accused of a similar approach to LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’ Groats) since they’d already completed the reverse journey (JOGLE) by paramotor in 2009.Though blessed with good weather and favourable winds on that flight, they made the mistake of not using the epic adventure as a fund-raising opportunity. So …3 years later they embarked on the crazy notion of cycling the route in the opposite direction to raise money for various charities, not “Because it’s there”, but because, “We missed a great opportunity last time and we want to make amends”, and, secretly, “It’ll be a jolly good wheeze for a bunch of old codgers anyway”.

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Derby Fundraising & Awareness Event

Derby Cattle Market was the venue for an APP awareness raising & fundraising “Purple Party” in Sept. It was a very successful event… leaflets were distributed and APP magazines were handed out to those who requested information. We were pleased to engage with midwives and with those who had stories to tell of their postnatal mental illnesses. Huge thanks are due to Adrian Blamire and Steph and Geoff Brackpool (who have always been good friends of APP) who helped Sue Blamire and Heather Heron (APP trustees) throughout the day. It is no mean feat getting up at 5.30 in the morning to brave the Derby crowds. Thanks also are due to Mary Heron for her donation and also to all of those who donated items for sale. The total raised was an impressive £440! Excellent work everybody!

Brentwood 10K Run

A BIG thank you to Darren Maeer for running the Brentwood 10K & raising £370 for APP. We hope you really enjoyed it! Let us know your running time & if you’ve now got the bug for it & are planning any more runs. Well done Darren!