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Rachel to run the Royal Parks Half!

APP say a BIG Thank You to Rachel who will be running in this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday 14th October, in aid of APP! This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of the capital’s world – famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Rachel is running in aid of APP after suffering with PP in 2017, she says:

On Christmas Day 2016 we welcomed our little boy into the world. We were over the moon and brought him home on Boxing Day feeling daunted, scared but so so proud!

We didn’t know that just two days later I would be readmitted to hospital with a condition none of us had ever heard of before, Postpartum Psychosis….After a short stay in a mother and baby unit 50 miles from home I was discharged and have received support from a brilliant charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

I’m running the royal parks half marathon to raise much needed funds for APP so that no women or families have to face this misunderstood condition alone. The charity has supported my family and me hugely throughout my recovery. And quite honestly I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

Please visit Rachel’s Just Giving page here and donate what you can – thank you.

Thanks so much to Rachel for taking on this challenge in aid of APP, and we wish you all the very best with your training!

Megan is jumping out of a plane for APP!


Three cheers for Megan who has bravely volunteered to jump out of a plane in aid of APP!

Megan says: 
I will be skydiving in Bridlington for Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) on Saturday the 2nd of June. I have chosen this date to mark my nephew, Ethan’s, 1st birthday and a year since my sister suffered with Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP occurs around the time of birth and involves the sufferer experiencing serious hallucinations and/or delusions. Hayley was sectioned under the mental health act following the birth of Ethan due to the severity of this illness. She was lucky enough to be given a place in a Mother and Baby Unit in Leeds where she could be looked after by a psychiatric team whilst remaining with Ethan. They were accompanied 24 hours a day to ensure their safety and it is charities like APP that help campaign for these wonderful services. Hayley has since benefited from other APP services such as the use of other women’s stories to help process what has happened to her. Without this support Hayley wouldn’t have made the progress she has made in such a short space of time. As a family also recovering from this traumatic time we have benefited from the resources APP provide.

The purpose of this skydive is not only to raise money for this important charity but to raise awareness of this serious illness. With more recognition of PP more women may be prevented from suffering and given the care they need earlier on.

We appreciate any donation you can make and can’t thank you enough for your support. Surely it’s at least worth a donation just to see me throw myself out of a plane?

Thank you!
Megan, Hayley and Family x

Please visit Megan’s Just Giving page here and donate what you can.

A very BIG THANK YOU to Megan for jump-starting our Big APP Skydiving year – we’ll be busy cheering her on from the ground! 




Would you like to enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable feeling of a skydive – flying through the clouds from over 10,000 ft at up to 120 mph?

If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, we would be delighted if you would like to take on a sponsored freefall parachute jump in aid of APP, and if you raise enough sponsorship, you can jump for free!

We have teamed up with Skyline, a professional charity fundraising events organiser, to offer APP’s supporters this amazing experience of flying through the clouds! 

You will be strapped to your qualified British Parachute Association tandem instructor who does all the hard work for you, leaving you to enjoy the invigorating feeling of freefalling before gliding to the ground!  (Or, if you’re more experienced you can try Static Line where you will complete a solo jump from 3,000ft, with your parachute pulled automatically as you leave the aircraft, or the Accelerated Free Fall, with the thrill of skydiving solo from up to 12,000 ft.)

As a small charity, your energy is vital to ensure we can keep operating our information and peer support services. Your help and fundraising will make a big difference to our small charity. Don’t forget, if you raise the minimum amount of sponsorship you will get to jump for free!

You can jump from any one of over twenty BPA approved airfields across the UK and no experience is necessary as you will be given training before your jump.


This incredible challenge will give you the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever imagine and you soar through the air knowing that you have helped raise invaluable funds for APP.

Watch Skyline’s exhilarating video of a Tandem Jump to get a feel for what it might be like for you, below:

So what are you waiting for?!

Book now to experience the challenge of a lifetime!

Or, contact us  to find out more!






Fantastic Xmas Mince Pie Ride!

Warm thanks to Meynell Valley Hunters Triathlon Club for, once again, organising a very successful event in Rosliston village hall in aid of APP and Air Ambulance on Sunday 17 December 2017.

xmasmincepie2Sunday morning cyclists were invited -throughout the local areas – to tuck into homemade mince pies, cakes and coffee and were asked to donate for our charities.  A total of £350 was raised in the space of less than 2 hours!

Warm thanks go to Robin Barber for organising such a well attended initiative and to all the key women in the club who baked and served teas: Sarah, Sylvia, Kathryn, Sam and Jenny. Thanks also to Amy-Jo and James who were the resident photographers and journalists… well as being very capable bakers!

All in all such a lovely way to finish the year.  Read more about the event here.

Thank-you MVH for your consistent support of APP.

Bethany Jones is running every day in January!


Bethany Jones has decided to run every…single…day…in January in aid of APP! What a brilliant challenge to welcome in the New Year, thank you Bethany!

Bethany suffered with Postpartum Psychosis in 2016 and found APP along the way, she says: 
Please give a few pounds to this very worthy cause. Action for Postpartum Psychosis have done so much for me and given me peer support, they rely on donations and are invaluable for the 1 in 1000 who are unlucky to suffer. Thanks for reading everyone onwards and upwards x Beth

You can read more of Bethany’s story on her Just Giving page here  and also donate as well!

A big thank you to Bethany for undertaking a tremendous challenge, we hope the weather holds up and wish you all the best for the second half of the month!



APP Art Auction 2017

7.TerezaBAPP presents the inaugural online Christmas Art Auction 2017 to help raise funds for APP!

The online Art Auction features 12 fantastic professional artists (with 18 artworks available to bid on) with 100% of money generated from sales being generously donated to APP.

All pieces are featured in our Online Brochure and are listed on eBay for auction style bidding; the auction opens on Saturday 2nd December, and closes on Tuesday 12th December from 7.30pm onward – view the eBay listings here (some bargains to be had!)

APP Director, Dr Jess Heron, says:
“Thank you for supporting APP’s first Art Auction and helping us raise funds for APP. We’d love you to share the brochure far and wide with your friends and colleagues to generate some interest in the donating artists. APP supports women and families who have been affected by Postpartum Psychosis, which is a devastating and traumatic illness that affects 1-2 in every 1000 new mums. With the right care women do recover: our amazing and committed volunteers are evidence of this. Buy some art for a loved one this Christmas, and help our volunteers support someone else’s loved one.”

A very big and important Thank You to the extremely generous artists who have donated their work to the APP Art Auction – we couldn’t do this without you.

To view or download the full Art Auction 2017 PDF Brochure Click Here (or on the image below) for full information about the artists and all the artworks up for auction, including links to their listings on eBay.

And, to view all the artworks on eBay click here.

Happy bidding everyone! #APPArtAuction

Getting ready for #GivingTuesday!


APP is gearing up for this year’s #givingtuesday taking place on Tuesday 28th November! Calling on all our amazing APP supporters to do something good next Tuesday to raise much  needed funds for APP… 

#givingtuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity and is a growing global movement now spanning five continents. But the heart of #GivingTuesday is community action. The UK joined the movement in May 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

There are lots of fun activities you can do, such as:

  • host a bake sale with friends, at home or in the workplace
  • do a sponsored run, jog or even just a walk around your local area
  • organise a coffee morning with your very own Bake Off!
  • or why not take this as a perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac and have your own garage sale, or, get together with friends to host a jumble sale!  
  • and for lots of other ideas visit the #givingtuesday website 

Or…you can donate directly via the APP CAF #givingtuesday campaign via here or by clicking on the donate button below:


 A donation of just £5 enables us to send a copy of each of our 3 Insider Guides to a woman experiencing Postpartum Psychosis, her partner or family, to provide vital information and signposting to support.

Get involved and let us know what you are doing for #givingtuesday or email us for more information. Thanks!


Helping Hands for APP at Christmas charity fair!


APP, supported by some of the women from “Helping Hands” of Swadlincote , manned 2 stalls at a charity Xmas fair on Saturday 11th November in Rosliston village hall. Piles of bargains were there to be grabbed including APP charity cards. Delicious lunches were served by Helping Hands’ friends with proceeds from these going to other charities.

Warm thanks go to all the ladies from Helping Hands – especially to “Mrs Motivator”- Angela and to Janet for all the hard work. Also: to all of APP’s steadfast friends who managed, yet again, to donate enough items for further sales.

A special thanks go to our little gofers on the day: Anna and Robert Tiffney who were great fun and endlessly helpful to all. (Blowing up APP ‘s purple balloons does get tedious after a while !)

Sue Blamire, APP’s Treasurer, did a great job with Adrian on the day, and managed to bank just over £300 for APP’s funds. A wonderful sum in a very short time and for just 2 charity stalls! Thank you all. 

Volunteer Team


Holly runs the Thames Meander!


Great news as Holly has completed her 9th (yes, ninth!) marathon in aid of APP! Holly is taking on the amazing challenge of running 12 marathons in just 12 months and now has only 3 marathons left to run…

On Saturday 4th November Holly ran her 9th marathon, the Thames Meander, with a friend she met there last year. She said:

The weather was wet to start but dried up in the afternoon. Unfortunately the Thames had flooded the path in parts so we had an extra 1k detour and very soggy feet! Time to be announced but around the 5hours 40min mark. 
Imogen crossed the line with me again (her favourite thing to do!) 
So glad to get Marathon 9 done and next one is next weekend at the Remembrance Marathon along the Thames. 
Wish me luck“ 
Please support Holly’s fantastic marathon challenge via her Just Giving page here. Big thanks to Holly for her dedication and fantastic achievement so far, and well done to Imogen too, for her continued support at the finish line!
We wish Holly all the best for marathon number 10, as she takes on the  Remembrance Marathon on Saturday 11th November along the Thames, and hope for slightly less soggy feet this time!

Fundraising evening at Royal College of Psychiatrists!


The Royal College of Psychiatrists have organised a fantastic fundraising evening in aid of APP, taking place on Wednesday 15th November at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB.

Everybody is welcome to attend the event but please book your tickets in advance! Click here for the ticket link.

The event starts at 6.30pm and you can ’Enjoy a recital from Internationally renowned concert pianist Waka Hasegawa and a performance from dance movement psychotherapist, Gerry Harrison. The evening includes buffet supper and drinks with £10 of each ticket sale donated to APP. During the event there will be additional opportunities to support APP.’

Find out more and book your tickets here.