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‘Some Voices, Swing’ for APP!

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Thank you to ‘London’s coolest choir’ Some Voices, who have chosen to support APP at their Christmas ‘Seasonal Speakeasy‘ concert this year.

Some Voices are supporting APP after they tragically lost one of their members earlier this year, they say: ”Earlier this year Some Voices tragically lost a member and friend of our community to a very rare but very serious mental health condition. Postpartum Psychosis is a severe, but treatable, form of mental illness that occurs after having a baby. It can happen ‘out of the blue’ to women without previous experience of mental illness, and affects 1,400 women in the UK every year.

Every term we support a carefully selected charity, and this term we are proudly supporting ‘Action on Postpartum Psychosis’ who offer vital support for families affected by the illness, as well as fund life- changing research and training. Some Voices have already raised nearly £200 for APP from this terms social events, and we plan to increase this figure dramatically over the coming weeks through our upcoming show ’Seasonal Speakeasy’. We hope to see you there.

For three nights on 10th, 11th and 12th December, Some Voices are taking over the fantastic art deco venue, The Troxy in East London with their 500 strong choir and live band, and it would be fantastic to see you there! Book tickets via here.

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“Party like it’s the end of prohibition in Art Deco heaven with a 500 strong choir and live band. This Christmas, London’s coolest choir Some Voices invite you to get down in their festive grog shop as they return to the opulent Troxy Theatre (East London) with a brand new Christmas show, Seasonal Speakeasy.

A night filled to the 1930’s rafters with raucous arrangements of hits like you’ve never
heard before. Featuring music from Amy Winehouse and Shirley Bassey to Plan B and
Basement Jaxx, Some Voices will swing into the spirit of the season with a live band and
500 strong choir.

20170427201955 - Ph CFaruolo aKnown for their epic gigs which often take place in some of London’s most unique
performance venues, Some Voices are one of London’s biggest choirs, made up of nearly 1,000 singers. Recently performing on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, Some Voices are described as “Mighty and Fabulous”. As well as uniting choir members from all over London, Seasonal Speakeasy will also feature emerging artists and performers to bring to life a brand new show inspired by the era of the iconic venue.

The Troxy Theatre built in 1933 as Englands largest cinema, boasts
beautifully restored decor of it’s day, the sweeping staircases and original chandeliers make it the perfect setting for this all singing all dancing production.’

• Some Voices presents Seasonal Speakeasy will run 10th – 12th December 2018
• Venue:Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX
• Doors 7pm
• Tickets from £15.30 (+ booking fee)
• Open for booking: somevoices.co.uk/watchus

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APP say thank you so much to Some Voices for your support and we can’t wait to see you at the fabulous Seasonal Speakeasy event this December!

Angela ran the Reading Rivermead 10k!

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A big Thank You to Angela, who completed the Reading Rivermead 10K on Sunday 4th November in aid of APP! 

Fortunately the weather held and Angela had a great day fundraising for APP!

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Angela wanted to support APP after attending our art retreat in Devon a few years ago, she said “[it] was an extremely beneficial and therapeutic experience for everyone who attended and I knew then that I wanted to give back and do something to raise awareness of this small charity which greatly benefits women who have suffered from Postpartum Psychosis.”

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You can still donate to Angela’s JustGiving page  here! APP say thank you so much for your hard work and support, it is hugely appreciated by us all.

Thank you to The Limping Fox!

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Three Cheers for Heloise and team at The Limping Fox pub in Thames Ditton who held a charity quiz night in aid of APP on Sunday 14th October, and raised over £500 in aid of APP!

Heloise, who also took part in Charlotte’s team Richmond 10K run on Saturday 20th October, generously supported APP and Charlotte and her family  in memory of Charlotte’s sister, Amy. 

Heloise said: “It was a great success. We had every table booked and everyone had a great night. We sold quite a lot of raffle tickets and the guys from Thames Ditton Gin did a little auction for the last remaining bottle of batch no.1, which was great!

Many thanks to all the staff and supporters of The Limping Fox pub in Thames Ditton!

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 If you are in the area we suggest you visit them!

The Limping Fox, 15 Rushett Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0UX -  thelimpingfox.co.uk

Charlotte and her amazing team complete the Richmond 10k!

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Charlotte and her huge team of 25 runners (!) completed the Richmond 10K last weekend, in memory of her sister, Amy. They had a wonderfully supportive, sunny, and emotional day, celebrating Amy’s life on Saturday 20th October running in Richmond.

Charlotte said “The support has been simply amazing and it’s down to Ames being the wonderful person she was; completely adored and the best mum ever. It was an emotional day but the sun was shining.

Charlotte and team have a raised over £12,000 in aid of APP, a truly staggering amount! We are so incredibly thankful, and bowled over by your support, and we thank every person who donated and everybody who took part in the 10K on Saturday – you are all amazing!

You can still donate to Charlotte’s JustGiving page here.

Here’s some wonderful photos from the day:

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Thank you all so much for your support of APP, it is truly appreciated by us all.

Angela’s Reading Rivermead 10K!

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Thank you to Angela, who is running the Reading Rivermead 10km on Sunday 4th November in aid of APP!

AngelaAngela says: “Three years ago I personally benefited from attending the ‘APP art retreat in Devon’, which was a really positive experience. Mothers who had recovered or in recovery were able to meet, eat, enjoy each others company, share experiences and heal through actively participating in art projects. This was an extremely beneficial and therapeutic experience for everyone who attended and I knew then that I wanted to give back and do something to raise awareness of this small charity which greatly benefits women who have suffered from Postpartum Psychosis. I hope with your help we can raise some money for APP and help women with their recovery and support their research too.

Please support Angela and donate via her JustGiving page here.

Thank you so much Angela, we hope you have a fantastic day on 4th November and wish you all the best with the training!

Rachel & Helen ran the Royal Parks!

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Three big cheers to Rachel and Helen, our amazing Half Marathon runners! They both took part in this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 14th October taking in four of London’s stunning Royal Parks.

Despite the rain they both had an amazing day with lots of encouragement from their friends and family who were supporting them along the way!

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Helen said “I did 3 hours 9 minutes (had a bad glute problem!) but very glad to make it to the end!

Rachel said “I loved it. I got quite emotional when I saw my sister at mile 9, but somehow pushed on through. I think I just got overwhelmed. The atmosphere was incredible! Thank you for the place and I’m over the moon I’ve been able to support APP in this small way.

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Both Rachel & Helen raised over £1000 each for APP via their JustGiving pages, which is just fantastic and will really go a long way in helping us continue to develop our information and operate our peer support services.

You can still donate via their JustGiving pages here; Helen’s page and Rachel’s page

 All of us at APP thanks you both so much, it’s an amazing achievement and we hope you are as proud as we are! Thank You!

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Unmissable: ‘Irene’s Ghost’ at the BFI Film Festival 2018!

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Irene’s Ghost, a film by Iain Cunningham, premiered at the Curzon , Mayfair on Saturday 13th Oct, at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival 2018.

Some of APP’s staff and volunteers were able to attend the premier on the weekend and here’s what Heather Heron, APP Fundraising Volunteer, had to say:

“When did you last witness spontaneous applause and a standing ovation at the end of a film? For this film-goer: the one and only time was at a showing of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, at The Quad, Derby. Even then the audience dared not to get to its feet. Yet that is precisely what happened after the showing of ‘Irene’s Ghost’ last night. This film was truly a creative tour de force; so much more than one man’s journey into the past secrets of his mother’s death at the capricious hands of Postpartum Psychosis.

Funny, tender, raw – it seamlessly laid bare the struggles of a family faced with guilt, loss, and the oncosts of perinatal mental illness. Iain Cunningham, in his quest to uncover truths, is clearly fighting for his very soul. Drifting, as it does between real people’s pain and beautiful animation, we are transported into the world of the child as it tries to glimpse the lost mother in nature’s spirit-world.

Unmissable: if necessary – knock down the doors of your independent cinema until they show it.”

IMG_1686-a‘at the premier…’ Iain Cunningham with APP Director, Dr Jess Heron & APP Peer Support Coordinator, Ellie Ware

You can catch it again at the Film Festival, as it’s being shown a second time on Tuesday 16 November, at 1pm at The British Film Institute, Southbank NFT 3.

Book your tickets here

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Reviews of ‘Irene’s Ghost‘:
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One Room With A View - a 4 star reviews
Screen Daily
The Upcoming – 4 stars (Andrew Murray): ”Irene’s Ghost is an incredibly personal and utterly powerful journey of discovery that revolves around uncovering the tragic story of a lost relative; yet it’s much more than this. It’s a profound examination of the power of memory on how what we remember not only shapes how we think of the past, but how we see ourselves in the present. We won’t be forgetting Irene’s Ghost anytime soon.
The Best Beginnings 
The National Lottery  - included ‘Irene’s Ghost‘ in their festival round-up

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Our two Royal Parks’ Runners!

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APP thanks our two Royal Parks Half Marathon runners, Helen and Rachel, who are running in this year’s half marathon, taking in four of London’s Royal Parks in all the glorious Autumnal sunshine on Sunday 14th October! 

Helen and Rachel have both already doubled their fundraising target’s! With thanks to everyone who has so generously donated as well.

Please visit Helen’s JustGiving page here and Rachel’s JustGiving page here.

We wish them both all the best and fingers crossed for a beautiful sunny day on Sunday. 

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If you would like to fundraise for APP please see here for more information or get in touch with us at fundraising@app-network.org 

The Limping Fox charity quiz!

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A huge Thank You to The Limping Fox who are hosting a charity quiz night in aid of APP on Sunday 14th October!

The Limping Fox, in Thames Ditton, are very generously giving away a £50 bar tab to the winners, with a case of beer for the runners up! There is also a charity raffle with loads of great prizes on offer, so, if you are in the Thames Ditton area we suggest you get to The Limping Fox this Sunday!

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Many thanks to Heloise, and team, at The Limping Fox for supporting APP.

The Limping Fox pub is found at: 15 Rushett Road, Thames Ditton, KT7 0UX.
Find out more via: thelimpingfox.co.uk

Thank you to APP’s Treasurer and Trustee Sue Blamire

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We were very sad to say goodbye to APP’s Treasurer and Trustee, Sue Blamire, who retired at the end of March 2018 after 8 years. Staff and Trustees had a whip-round for a thank you present.

Sue was a founding Trustee of APP and helped to set us up as a charity in 2010. Sue became our Treasurer, not only performing this role for us, but also being our Finance Officer, book-keeper, HR advisor, general employment practices researcher, along with many other roles besides. Sue has decided, with the birth of her 4th grandchild and a house project on the go, that it is time to retire as a Trustee.

Dr Jess Heron says: “I cannot thank Sue enough for all she has done in her years as Trustee and Treasurer – for her tenacity in sorting out the paperwork to set us up as a charity, in managing APP finances, her incredibly hard work at keeping us current, and for her willingness to stick with us as the work mounted. APP has grown beyond recognition since 2010, and at times, the job of Treasurer and managing APP finances became an almost full time role. She leaves her role as Treasurer with healthy books, a clear picture of our financial position, good relationships with Auditors and a close collaborative relationship with APP staff who will take over the management.”

Sue recently got in touch to say “Thank you so much for arranging the leaving gift of the beautiful Emma Hardiker picture. I really love it and its going to take pride of place in our new kitchen/living room when we move. It was very generous of people to donate and I’d appreciate it if you would thank everyone for me.“ 

APP are seeking a new Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees, to oversee finance procedures and help with forecasting and planning (don’t worry, the role no longer involves book keeping and making payments!). If you have some time to spare and are interested in helping us, please contact: kim@app-network.org