PPIMHS Team Tackle 10k Great Newham Run!

DRRawatDr Neha Rawat. colleagues and family of PPIMHS (Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service) at NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) are running the 10k Great Newham London run on Sunday 2 July in aid of APP.

All runners in the 10k will get the chance to have their very own Olympic moment as they finish inside the Stadium and cross the famous finish line and running track! They say:

"We are a community perinatal mental health service and our running team is composed of doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers, admin, sons and daughters... 

We have seen and experienced closely how damaging postpartum psychosis can be for mothers and families and what it means to have timely help and intervention.

The support that charities like Action on Postpartum Psychosis  (APP) provide, in addition to professional intervention from services like ours, to families goes a long way in helping families manage this very difficult time and experience.

We are running in support of Action on Postpartum Psychosis - a charity that's close to our hearts and that has been working tirelessly with professionals and families to improve lives of families affected by postnatal psychosis. This is our way of saying thank you to the tireless work that APP does and has been doing with mums and families."

A very big THANK YOU to all fourteen team members running this event! Please support them and donate via their Virgin Money Giving page here .

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Helen & Team Complete Tougher Mudder!

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A big well done and thank you to Helen Jackson and team for successfully completing the Tougher Mudder event on 13th May and raising over £400 for APP!

Helen says: 'It was difficult, cold and filthy but a real testament to the strength of teamwork. Not just from my friends but all the other runners helped us out at every challenge. An amazing supportive atmosphere."

A special thank you from us all at APP to all the team members who took part and to everyone who donated as well - and it's still possible to donate via Helen's JustGiving page here.

Here's some mudtastic photos from Helen of the Tougher Mudder. Like the look of it? There are events all over the country that you can participate in.  
 
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Music 4 Mums: Waka Hasegawa Piano Recital

Video: Waka Hasegawa playing Mia & Sebastian’s theme from La La Land, a deeply moving and special performance in aid of Action on Postpartum Psychosis at St John's Waterloo (video by Kat Grant).

We are extremely grateful to APP volunteer Benedicte Waaler who organised a wonderful piano recital by renowned pianist, Waka Hasegawa, in London last week as part of our Music4Mums awareness and fundraising initiative.

The concert, refreshment collection, auction and Just Giving page has raised a tremendous amount, over £3,000 to date.

Benedicte wishes to thank:

- Waka Hasagawa who is an incredibly talented and hardworking pianist (and single mum!)
– actor Katie Underwood who auctioneered off all the art and experiences (she was so witty and really made it fun!)
– the artists who donated art: Nadia Attura, Lene Bladbjerg, Daniel Mackie, James Tarry, Yo Okada & Kel Rae
– chef Yuki Gomi who donated a sushi cooking class
– the manager at Metropolis Studios who donated a tour of the studios
– APP volunteer, Kathryn Grant de Vecchi, who was absolutely brilliant, bringing lots of cupcakes donated by Butterscotch bakery, helping set up and clear out and giving a speech about APP and all along promoting and sharing on social media!
– and of course friends who volunteered on the night and donated beer and wine!

APP wishes to add its thanks to all above and especially Benedicte for organising such a high profile event so swiftly and effectively. 

Benedicte introduces the recital
Benedicte introduces the recital

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Music 4 Mums: York Light Orchestra

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"Is it Abba week? We've written out 'Thank You for the Music' in 'money money money'! All for a good cause #m4mums"

We're are in awe of the amazing Music4Mums coin art from York Light Orchestra! Thanks so much to everyone who contributed and got so creative in aid of APP.

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Music 4 Mums: Harmonics Community Choir

Many thanks to Harmonics Community Choir and Tutbury Village for their support of Music4Mums. Here's a report from their musical evening. 

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Wow! Tutbury has its very own Gareth Malone. What a tremendous village event this was in support of APP's Music4Mums: a choir full of life and harmony and some amazing solo performances by young and not so young singers. 

You just had to be there to feel the joy and the coming together in support of APP.

Steve Mitchell, Tutbury's charismatic Choirmaster and his wife, Jenny, led not only the choir but also such rousing community singing that the rafters lifted off Tutbury's Old School Hall. 

Warm thanks go to Elaine Williams - the ever bubbly organiser of the event who, once she heard of APP's Music4Mums, seized the initiative and managed to gather together a team of willing bakers, tea servers, clearers, raffle prize givers and all manner of helpers to make it a truly memorable event.

To give a flavour, the local landlady, Kaz McLean of The Leopard, Tutbury socking "Goodness Gracious : Great Balls of Fire!" to the assembled; a nervous young George (Williamson) beautifully singing "Candle in the Wind" and an absolute star in the making called Eleanor Cawser giving the most poignant, unaccompanied rendition of an Etta James number, "All I could do was cry" and so much more talent besides.

The audience, including babe in arms, Olivia were delighted by the amazing voice of 15-year-old Lilly Prince (whose grandmas both recently joined Harmonics Community Choir) when she sang, “Part of that world” from The Little Mermaid.

More than one audience member, including some burly-looking chaps, were seen to wipe a tear from their eye when Caroline Potterton (whose grandma, Veronica is also a Harmonics soprano) sang, “On My Own” from Les Misérables and all the guest performers and audience joined in when the choir sang, “I Dreamed a Dream”.

Throughout the tea break Adrian Blamire (APP's Treasurers husband) serenaded us in such rich tones that it was clear he was being talent- scouted by the choir committee and would not be let out alive without signing - up !

At the end of the evening, APP volunteer, Heather Heron, spoke about the charity's work and thanked all for their kindness and support in affording her the opportunity to raise awareness of PP and funds for APP. 

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Music 4 Mums: Ripon Community Orchestra Play Along!

ripon-orchestra-2-19-06-15-1Dust off your instruments, Ripon Community Orchestra are holding a ‘Come & Play Session’ in Bishop Monkton Village Hall, near Harrogate. 

The orchestra  ‘invites players from all walks of life to come and enjoy an afternoon tackling Beethoven’s 1st Symphony.’

The afternoon concludes with a play-through performance of the piece at 5pm and spectators/listeners are welcome! There will be a collection for APP. 

The Play Along takes place on Sunday 7th May 2017 at Bishop Monkton Village Hall, 2.30-5.30pm and we are very grateful to the Orchestra for supporting Music 4 Mums! 

Contact us for more info. 

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Meet Our Amazing Sporty Fundraisers

sportyThere's so much athletic activity going on! All links go to fundraising pages where available so please click through, read their stories and support their fantastic endeavours. 

Thanks and good luck to you all.

hollyhbrightonCongratulations to Holly Haywood who ran the Brighton Marathon on 9th April in 5h 46m in blazing heat! Only 10 more marathons to go

Congratulations also to KT who completed the London Marathon at the weekend, raising £4,000 for APP.  We're waiting to hear more about her experience. 

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If you're taking on a challenge for APP please let us know. Email fundraising@app-network.org 

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Music 4 Mums: London Piano Recital

wasaWe are delighted to announce that award-winning pianist Waka Hasegawa has agreed to give a recital at St John's Church, London Waterloo on 3rd May.

Programme:
Handel, The Harmonious Blacksmith
Beethoven, Sonata No. 14 Op.27-2 “Moonlight Sonata”
Chopin, Nocturnes Op.9 No.2 & Op.27 No.2 & Waltzes Op.64 No.1 & Op. 69 No.1
Liszt, Liebesträume No.2 (Dreams of Love)
Piazzolla, Adios Nonino "Tango Rhapsody"

There will be an interval with refreshments and a silent auction too. 

Waka is a friend of APP member, Benedicte Waaler, who has done a fantastic job organising this high profile event so swiftly and now we all need to help her promote it.

Tickets are £15 +bkg with all proceeds to APP. The concert will be followed by an auction. BOOK TICKETS HERE and please spread the word. 

Find out more about our Music 4 Mums fundraising initiative in May here. 

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Comic Relief Fund PP Peer Support

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APP Director Jess proudly wearing a red nose alongside Ruth from Bluebell Care and Alison and Shabira from Best Beginnings, who have also received Comic Relief support.

On Red Nose Day 2017, we're thrilled to announce that Comic Relief have awarded APP a grant of £120,000 to part-fund our peer support service from 1 March for 30 months.

This will fund paid time for our Peer Support Coordinators and workshops to train new Peer Support Volunteers.

We are delighted with this news but it's only one part of the funding jigsaw. We are working on a new application to the Big Lottery, alongside other Trusts & Foundations. Our new health professional training, with lived experience speakers, will help raise extra cash and we have events planned throughout the year starting with Music 4 Mums around World Maternal Mental Health day.

Your support continues to be vital, allowing us to help women & families, whilst we secure further funding. It has been a powerful way to demonstrate to funders the need for our charity and the commitment of our supporters.

Thank you and a big THANK YOU to Comic Relief. Please enjoy Red Nose Day and don't forget to donate! 

 

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Ruth & Sally's Big Welsh Swim

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Sally suffered with postpartum psychosis following the birth of her daughter in 2015.

It was a terrifying experience that Sally has fought hard and shown immense determination to overcome. Two years on, Sally and friend Ruth will plunge into a freezing cold Welsh lake this summer in celebration of her recovery and to raise money for APP. They say: 

"We are setting ourselves this challenge in solidarity with the incredible bravery of every single woman who has experienced this frightening illness. We also want to honour the partners, families and friends who are affected. Our aim is to raise oodles of cash to fund further research, better information and support for sufferers of PP. So please, please dig deep and support a charity that helps women and their families recover from this devastating illness, thank-you!"

Please support their Big Welsh Swim. 

You can read about and listen to Sally and husband Jamie's story in this powerful episode of BBC Radio Wales Eye on Wales programme. 

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