All posts by Emma Harvey

Vicky & Anya trek Cambodia!

Last month APP Media Advisor Vicky Jepson and ex-BBC colleague Anya Francis completed their trek through Cambodia, celebrating life and fundraising for APP and UCLH charity respectively.

After braving jungle, mountains and paddy fields, they finally reached Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world.

They survived 4 days of trekking and 3 nights camping, despite Vicky's legs blistering and ballooning and Anya tripping over pigs and being chased by dogs on night time toilet trips.

Vicky says "It was an amazing experienced and I am enormously grateful to the many friends who sponsored me. The only thing I regret is packing waterproof trousers instead on a roll mat".

Anya says : "I'd love to go again, although next time I will read the brochure better as the camping, the frogs on sticks and the loos you shower in weren't in it!"

Vicky raised over £2,000 for APP and Anya raised £3000 for University College London Hospital. APP say thank you so much, what an amazing adventure it was!

APP's Volunteer day at Winterbourne House!

On Saturday 24th November APP hosted a day for 20 of our volunteers in the beautiful venue of Winterbourne House and Gardens in Birmingham. The day was generously funded by the Rosa Foundation. It was a special day for everyone who attended, and those of us who facilitated the day.

During the day we did a mixture of socialising, workshops, and craft activities. We were really lucky to be joined by documentary filmmaker Iain Cunningham, and the event included a screening of his film ‘Irene’s Ghost’ at the end of the day.

We ran workshops and media / public speaking training for our regional rep and media volunteers who do an amazing job of sharing their stories, and raising awareness of PP and APP. The volunteers shared their experience, and received input from our media adviser Vicky Jepson and Iain Cunningham, including practicing doing interviews. They all fed back that they found the workshop valuable and helpful. Iain also filmed and interviewed some of the volunteers, which we hope to use on social media and our website.

The other workshops were to get input from our volunteers about their experience of being a parent after having PP, and also their experience of talking to their children about PP. Clare Foster hosted these workshops and they were to get input for a new guide we hope to produce next year which Clare is coordinating. Participants fed back that they found the discussions interesting and helpful. Many of the volunteers will be involved in ongoing discussions and input for the guides.

Birmingham based artist Tereza Buskova, facilitated wonderful salt dough crafts, with volunteers able to paint and decorate pre-prepared ornaments, as well as mould their own. This bought a wonderful, relaxed, therapeutic atmosphere to the day, where participants could do something creative and accessible, while socialising and sharing experiences at the same time.

The day ended with the screening of ‘Irene’s Ghost’ – a beautiful, moving documentary about Iain’s mother Irene who experienced PP, and died when he was three. It was emotional for all present to view the film, and to have the opportunity to ask Iain questions, as well as to discuss how we may help promote the film when it goes on general release next year.

Below are quotes from participants about what the day meant to them:

"I would sum up Saturday as a great day to spend time with kindred spirits. Thank you to the organisers for such a memorable, emotional day in a magical venue. Such a lovely connection with all the much younger mums and family whom I greatly admire for their determination to make a difference and for sharing their personal stories. 'Irene's Ghost' was very moving with great animation and a balanced measure of sadness and humour."

"More than I could ever have wished for, to spend a special day with the only people in the world who truly understand how you feel and what it's like to have had PP."

"The volunteers day was a day I will never forget. It gave me hope, comfort and a family I never knew I belonged to. It made me feel excited for the future and grateful for the existence of APP charity."

Linda joins APP as Peer Support Facilitator for Lancashire & South Cumbria!

"On the 29th of October I joined the APP team as a peer support facilitator for the Lancashire and South Cumbria region. This coincided with the open day of the new Chorley MBU, Ribblemere.

I had Postpartum Psychosis after the birth of my daughter in 2012. Having no history of mental illness it was ‘out of the blue’. The birth was very traumatic. She was breech and an emergency cesarean was required but even that didn’t go smoothly. My daughter ended up being on intensive care in the neonatal unit. Eleven days post-birth I was sectioned to a general psychiatric ward and diagnosed with PP. Eventually I was then transferred to a Mother and Baby Unit and reunited with my daughter. After leaving the MBU I ended up very depressed and anxious but eventually I made a full recovery. One of the pivotal points of my recovery was speaking to someone on the phone who had had PP twice. This was the first time I had spoken to someone with PP. To hear that someone has PP, recovered and then went on to have another child and recover again gave me the hope and strength that I could and would get better and I did. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to be involved in this project and be able to offer face to face peer support for women with PP.
I have previous experience of offering face to face peer support to mums through volunteering in the NCT Parents in Mind pilot project.

My role within the APP team involves working with Lancashire Care Trust providing information and face to face peer support to mums/families at Ribblemere and also for any individuals affected by PP in the community. I have had an amazing first month meeting the hard working, dedicated APP and Ribblemere staff who have all been so supportive to me while I get to grips with this new role. During my first month Ribblemere has opened its doors to patients and admitted four mums that I have been able to spend time with along with some of their partners/family.

I have met and spoken to many local APP volunteers who want to be involved in this exciting project. It has been great to hear their personal experiences. They are all amazing in the way they are wanting to give up their time to support other women suffering from PP. Training for volunteers will be running in January.

I also attended the APP volunteer event in Birmingham and met more inspirational volunteers and was fortunate to watch the brilliant film, Irene’s Ghost.  I am now looking forward to the future months working for APP and developing this project. Thank you to everyone involved.

If anyone wants to find out more or get involved in this project, please get in touch with me at linda@app-network.org"

Kat's Kiltwalk!

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A big Thank You to Kat who is taking part in the Glasgow Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk on Sunday 28th April 2019 in aid of APP!

Kat will be walking 23 miles in Glasgow in April, so fingers crossed for some sunshine by then! She says: "I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of The Kiltwalk and wanted to support them and my chosen charity, Action on Postpartum Psychosis by raising money as part of my participation in Glasgow Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk 2019, I’ll be doing a whopping 23miles.... For anyone who knows me this charity and its cause have been a major influence and passion of mine throughout my nursing career. This has only increased in my new amazing role as a Perinatal Mental Health Nurse. Action on Postpartum Psychosis support women and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP is a severe mental illness which begins extremely suddenly following childbirth. In the UK, just over 1400 women each year experience PP.

kiltwalk2Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about The Kiltwalk and Action on Postpartum Psychosis the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page and talking about it with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! And you can all have a laugh once I’ve crossed the finishing line xx"

Kat's Kiltwalk donation page is here - please donate what you can and support her Kiltwalk 2019.

If you are interested in doing a Kiltwalk in aid of APP please visit their website here: thekiltwalk.co.uk There are 4 Kiltwalks taking place during 2019 in; Glasgow (28 April), Aberdeen (2 June), Dundee (18 August) and Edinburgh (15 September).

Thank you so much Kat, and we wish you the very best of luck with the training!

Hobby Horses Race Night at Jaguar Land Rover!

A huge thank you to VP&S, a department within Jaguar Land Rover, who hosted a charity fund raising event on Friday 9th November and raised much needed funds for APP!

"We raised £1120, which was split between The Marston Green Lions, who ran the evening for us, Brain Tumour Research and Action on Postpartum Psychosis. The evening took the format of horse racing - the main difference being the horses were hobby horses! There were seven races, containing six horses each; there was an opportunity for race goers to ‘buy and own’ one of the 42 horses, and if your horse won – you got half of the auction money, the other half going to the charities. The purchasing of horses, was a quiet affair for the first couple of races, but it soon gathered pace, with the six horses in the final race, being auctioned off for the princely sum of £167 in total. We had a raffle, which raised a considerable amount of money too.

Thank you to Solihull Moors FC for providing us with the room for the event and to all those, who sponsored races, supplied raffle prizes and made monetary donations."

And it looks like they had a really fun evening!

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A very big Thank You to everyone who took part!

'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

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!