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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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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

Charlotte’s Richmond Autumn Riverside 10k

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Charlotte and her team are taking on the Richmond Autumn Riverside 10k run on Saturday 20th October in aid of APP, in memory of her sister, Amy.

Charlotte says:

For me the only place to start and explain why I want to do this is with Amy’s own honest and brave words:

I’ve been battling poor #mentalhealth since I was 19. Becoming a mum is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but the every day stress of trying to keep the most precious thing safe has thrown my mental health into sharper focus. Last year I was diagnosed with #postnataldepression & in the aftermath I had my first ( & hopefully last) psychotic episode. It was the single most petrifying thing I’ve been through & will spend the rest of my days managing my mental health as best as possible to avoid going to that dark place again.

Heartbreakingly her last psychotic episode ended her life 5 days after she gave birth to my perfect nephew Dylan.

Amy was diagnosed bipolar. She was the most caring and thoughtful person in the world and despite her own mental health battles she always wanted to help other people. The reason she was so honest and wrote these blogs was to encourage other people to talk and to share how they were feeling. Ames wanted to raise awareness on mental health and fight the stigma that unfortunately comes with it.

This brings me to the reason I’m attempting to run a 10k with my extremely little legs. I’m doing this for you Sissy; to continue your heroic work you’ve done throughout your life to help others.”

A very touching and emotional story. We are so thankful for your support and for your amazing team of runners who are all undertaking the Richmond 10k challenge in memory of Amy.

Charlotte and her team have already raised over £7,000 on JustGiving! What an amazing achievement! You can donate to Charlotte’s JustGiving page here.

We hope you all have a great day celebrating Amy’s life on 20th October. A big Thank You to everybody taking part and to everyone who has so generously donated.

Sophie completes the Stafford 10k!

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Three Cheers for Sophie who completed the Stafford 10K on Sunday 23rd September in aid of APP!

Sophie decided to support APP after her sister suffered with Postpartum Psychosis, and received help from APP, she says: ”Since their return home from the unit my sister has gone from strength to strength, I couldn’t be more proud of what she has achieved whilst raising Bea who is blossoming every single day. She has since benefited from the services APP offer, listening and reading about other people who have suffered from the same illness has helped her endlessly.”

Sophie had a great event on Sunday and managed to finish the 10k in just over one hour -well done!  She says: “It was so so hard and I am very sore today but I couldn’t be happier! I think the total now is at £570 but we’re hoping for a little more as some people are still yet to donate!

You can still donate via Sophie’s JustGiving page here.

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Thank you so much Sophie for all your hard work and support of APP, and thank you to everyone who sponsored you! Every donation APP receives really does make a big difference, and helps us to continue developing our patient information and operating our Peer Support services – we couldn’t do this without you!

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