A Marathon A Month For APP

img_2848Holly Hawood is running the Thames Meander Marathon on Saturday 5th November.

Her sister, Beth, experienced PP after the birth of her son, Leo and this is just the first in a series of 12 marathons she intends to run over the next year to raise money for APP. 

You can read more about her story and donate to encourage this incredible effort over at her JustGiving page. In the meantime, Holly emailed us with a pre-race update: 

"I have attached a photo of my first training run with my fabulous running partner Alaska. She is my cheerleader on my long distance training runs, and even at crawling pace when I'm on mile 17 of 18 she will give me that little helpful pull up the final hill!

Alaska is 3 and I've been running with her since she was a year old. She's helped me train for 10K and half marathon races in the past, and knowing that she needs to stretch her legs encourages me to put my kit on and go!

On Saturday I embark on Marathon 1 of 12. 5th of November, a poignant date for me as it is my nephew Leo's 3rd birthday. My sister has now fully recovered from her PPP after Leo's birth and they are celebrating his birthday in Disneyland Paris.

I will be thinking of her every step of my marathon journey and be thankful that she had the amazing support she did. Without that support I know things would have been different."

Please support Holly's amazing endeavour. Donate to sponsor her at JustGiving now. 

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Kayley's Story - The Spartan Race for APP!

A huge congratulations to Kayley Easterbook for taking on the huge challenge of the Spartan Race last week. 

"The event was brilliant, I really enjoyed myself." said Kayley who is raising money after her experience of PP. 

Kayley endured the mud and obstacles after her hard work and training for the event:

"The white APP shirt got totally covered in mud but I wore it around nonetheless".

Thank you so much for doing this Kayley. 

Please support her amazing effort by clicking here.

Kayley's amazing triumph
Kayley at the finish line, an amazing triumph!

 

The Spartan Sprint Shirt and Medal, what an achievement!
The Spartan Sprint Shirt and Medal, what an achievement!
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Kayley and Debbie are in Training for APP

Kayley in training
Kayley in training

We're delighted that two supporters are taking part in two different races to raise money for APP this October.

On 1st October, Kayley is taking part in the Spartan Sprint in Windsor Great Park. Spartan races are full on, featuring over 15 obstacles such as a rope climb, fire jump, tyre drag, wall climb and more over 5-6k. Kayley has been in serious training, lifting weights and getting Sprint fit.

Please wish her well and increase her motivation by sponsoring her amazing effort. All funds raised will go towards raising awareness of Postpartum Psychosis. We're hugely grateful to Kayley not only for signing up to this physical challenge but also for distributing our patient information guides in her local health services and sharing her personal story

A few weeks later, Debbie takes on the Great South Run in memory of her cousin Rosy. It's a fast and flat 10 mile course through Southsea and Portsmouth. She's also been in training, running rain or shine and just got her APP vest and flyers in the post. 

Please support Debbie's amazing efforts to raise vital funds to help keep our peer support and information services available to everyone who needs them.

Find out more about APP's work and read personal experience stories on our website. We provide the only PP peer support network in the UK. 

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Huge Thanks To Helping Hands

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Warm thanks go to a charitable group of women from Swadlincote who collectively call themselves "Helping Hands" for their recent support of APP. 
 
A table top sale and two further sales managed to raise the fantastic sum of £1280.09. 
 
The group worked so hard for APP this summer as did their friends, who not only donated items for the sale but also: all the produce needed for the most delicious of homemade teas. 
 
Special thanks to Heather Jane Osborne and the kitchen ladies and also to Janet and the rest of the Helping Hands group"
 
Find out more about our information and peer support services for women and families affected by PP and please help us continue this vital work. 
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Helping Hands Grand Sale for APP

A Derbyshire-based group of women who collectively call themselves "Helping Hands" have pledged to support APP this summer by organising sales of clothes, bric a brac , jewellery , children's items and much more besides . 
 
The last of these brilliant events, the "Grand Sale" takes place on Saturday 10th September and these lovely ladies are asking APP trustees , members and friends for contributions of any unwanted items . They are prepared to collect from a wide area including Staffs , Northants, Derbyshire, Cotswolds. 
 
If you can donate please let Heather know ASAP : email heather@app-network.org
 
The sale will be a treat for treasure hunters with lots of great stuff to rummage through, some brand new and all very affordable. Tea and cofee and homemade food will also be for sale. See you there! 
 
Warmest of thanks go to "Helping Hands " for supporting APP this summer . 
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Donate Monthly - Help Us Help More People

Could you support APP with a regular, monthly donation?

Monthly gifts give us a predictable income so we can commit to helping more women and families affected by PP.  For example, by training more much-needed Peer Support Volunteers or sending our vital PP patient information out to more Mother and Baby Units across the UK. 

Monthly gifts are really valuable as they give us a predictable income so we can commit to helping more women and families affected by PP.  It's quick and easy to sign up and Gift Aid will be dealt with online. Just click on "make a monthly donation" from our charity page. 

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

 You can also set this up through JustGiving but their fees are higher so we receive a bit less of your generous donation. 

If you prefer to set up a standing order with your bank these are the details you need to give them:

Our bank: HSBC
Account name: APP Network Ltd
Sort code: 40-15-20
Account number: 91839705

Please complete a Gift Aid form and return it to us and make your monthly donation worth even more. Thank you. 

There are many different ways that you can help APP. Take a look at our fundraising page and browse latest fundraising news for more inspiration. Thank you very much. 

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Jocelyn runs a colourful 5k for APP

Congratulations to Jocelyn who completed the Manchester Color Run on Saturday raising more than £250 for APP, despite it hailing during the event!

Jocelyn did her research and sought out the "funniest 5k" she could find. The Color Run encourages its runners to wear face paint, glitter and the most colourful accessories you can find. A white t-shirt or vest is essential though as participants are showered in colour at every kilometre! 

There are Color Runs coming up in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Brighton between now and September so who else is up for running the funniest, happiest and most colourful 5k for APP? 

Visit thecolorrun.co.uk for more information and to enter the fun run. 

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APP Purple Events

Purple PartyThroughout the year we ask people across the UK to hold a Purple Party or event where donations on the day are made to APP. We need YOU to get together with friends, family & colleagues & hold a Purple Event!

Here are a few suggestions of ways you can raise funds & have a great time too! We’re sure you can think of other ideas for events that work well, so use your imaginations & let us know so we can add them to this list. Do let us know if you’re planning anything fun or exciting & we’d really like photos & reports of your event! We can supply party packs with advertising & raising awareness literature if needed. The money you raise will make a difference to the lives of people affected by Postpartum Psychosis. Email: fundraising@www.app-network.org

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Zumbathon fundraiser

zumbathon FundraiserOn the 21st March, APP's Mia and Val joined Karen for her fantastic Irish themed 'Shake Your Shamrocks Zumbathon' to raise funds for APP. The night was a great success with Zumba dances ranging from Irish themed to a modern dance lead by 10 year Paige. Easter team games followed by a fantastic raffle and refreshments. Karen's limitless energy enthused everyone to get active, get dancing and have fun. A huge thank you to Karen for organising such a fantastic fundraiser, and a big thank you to all those who came to support on the night, who generously donated and who took away APP's leaflets and information to share. Karen has raised over £300 so far from the event which is a brilliant amount, and a fun filled, enjoyable night was had by all! 


 

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'Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz' fundraiser

Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz
Winning Team 'Unit 4 Plus 2'

We would like to thank everyone who took part in our 'Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz' fundraiser on Sunday 7th Feb. With the standard of teams being very high and plenty of challenging questions, our well deserved congratulations go to the winning team 'Unit 4 Plus 2'. Our thanks go to The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club for hosting the evening, to our Volunteer Hayley for organising the event & to Charles for giving a heartfelt talk about personal experiences of PP from a partner's perspective. An amazing amount raised & a fabulous evening all round!


 

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