A huge thank you to Amy Shaw who ran the Great North Run on Sunday 12th September 2021 to raise awareness and money to support APP’s work. Amy’s sister-in-law Katherine experienced PP in 2020 and was hospitalised for four months during lockdown. Katherine, her husband, Amy and some other friends are planning a number of different runs, of which Amy's challenge on 12th was the first.
Katherine said: “This time last year in the height of lockdown I lay in a hospital bed in Brockington Mother and Baby Unit thinking my life would never return to normal, and I would never feel like myself again. One year on and I proved myself wrong. I spent a time being cross that no one talks about things that could happen postpartum, I was so scared. I did not understand my illness and felt very alone in what I was experiencing.
APP’s Insider Guides and leaflets really helped me to understand what had happened to me, and reading other women’s stories was a great comfort, helping me to realise I was not alone. When I was lost and scared Amy sat at my feet, held my hand and told me I would find me again.”
You can read more about Katherine’s story here.
After the run Amy said: “It was a really good day and I was pleased with my time of 2.17 hrs which is a Great North Run and half marathon personal best for me.”
Amy’s fundraiser has raised more than £1,770. We would like to thank Amy and Katherine for supporting APP, and everyone who has donated.
You can still visit and donate to her fundraising page here.
If you have been inspired by Amy, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch here.