Who's up for the Royal Parks Half Marathon?

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For the first time, APP has been awarded TWO places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Race day is Sunday 8th October, so more than 6 months to get in training. They say, 

"This stunning central London half marathon, takes in 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."

We need two keen runners and fundraisers to get involved. Could it be you? Email app@app-network.org to express interest and let us know why you want to run for APP.  

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London Marathon Training Update!

image16 weeks and counting!!! An update from Katie. 
 
The reality of the marathon is really beginning to dawn on me now and whilst I am excited for the day, the long training runs are not so thrilling. I am trying to vary my training routes and I know from experience that I run faster in urban environments than in parks so I've been exploring parts of London that I've not really visited before to entertain me whilst I run. The donations I've received so far have been a massive boost to my motivation and a real focus when my legs start to ache or boredom kicks in! I've been so touched by the messages from families that have suffered from PP and it makes me very proud to be running for such an important cause.
 
My weekly training plan focuses on a long run first thing on Saturday morning (this week will be 18 miles), a personal training session on Sunday morning concentrating on weights and interval training and then during the week I do a combination of running home from work and reformer pilates. Given my age and post baby body(!) my main goal during training is to strengthen and prevent against injury. My biggest fear is that I will get injured ahead of the big day so it has to be a slow and steady build up. 
 
So for now it's four more weeks of 18 plus mile runs and then the slightly better phase of tapering my distance and carb loading can begin! 
 
Thank you again to all those who have sponsored - it is truly appreciated.
 
Sponsor Katie here
 
Come with Team APP to cheer her on by joining our Facebook event here

 

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Deborah to Plunge into Great North Swim

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Deborah Page, Clinical Team Leader of Perinatal Mental Health at Leeds MBU, will find out in June as she braves the Great North Swim to raise money for APP!

Please support Deborah by sponsoring her via this JustGiving page. 

She says 'Women with lived experience of this cruel illness, give their time to support other mothers and we professionals hand out leaflets provided by APP offering advice and support to supplement the work we do. APP have supported and advised on policy and service development to improve access to services for families. They continue to support us in trying to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of post natal mental illness. Stigma and guilt are the biggest barriers to women accessing support. Please give what little you can. It all helps. Thank you so much. Deborah'

APP's Regional Rep Coordinator, Hannah, has worked with Deborah at Leeds MBU and says:

"My visit to the unit was the first meeting I had as a Regional Rep and I got a really warm welcome.  I saw the APP Insider Guides and posters I had taken along were put out and displayed as one of the Doctors showed me around.  It was great to hear that they felt they'd soon be taken by patients and families, as some other copies had long since gone!

Chatting about my experiences, especially around my 2nd pregnancy, it really struck me that general and maternity professionals weren't as aware of the service as they might be. I didn't know at the time, but they would have seen me if only my care team had known to refer me! It was such an honour to be asked by Deborah to speak at the launch of the new Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Outreach service in March 2016 and to share my story with over 100 attendees."

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Team MBU Complete Half-Marathon for APP

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A big congratulations and thank you to the team at Bethlem Royal Hospital Mother and Baby Unit who successfully completed the Hampton Court Half Marathon on 19 February 2017 and have raised over £2000 for APP!

What a fantastic achievement from everyone involved in helping to raise funds for APP, which also included a cake sale back in December last year. 

They say: "We survived the run! Still keeping our JustGiving page open for this week for a final push for donations. We have raised over £2000!!!"

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A special thanks to the runners of Team MBU and also to everyone who helped to raise awareness and achieve such a brilliant result!

Please visit their JustGiving page where you can still donate for this week.

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Meet Our Amazing London Marathon Runner

KTDyerFor the first time, APP has been awarded a charity place in the London Marathon and we are thrilled to introduce you to our runner, Katie Dyer.

Please support and sponsor her here

Katie is running in memory of her dear friend Alice Gibson-Watt who passed away following complications connected with Postpartum Psychosis. Her daughter, Chiara, was five weeks old. Here's her story, in her own words:

"I am a 37 year old Mother of a little boy and until 2012 I  had no knowledge or awareness of Postpartum Psychosis. Despite being given information on Post Natal Depression during my pregnancy no one seemed to mention or discuss the possibility of this sudden and severe condition.

Alice and I had been friends since we were little. She was in fact my oldest friend, an unwavering constant in my life as we grew up together, and  it was with much excitement that we awaited the birth of her daughter, Chiara in October 2012. I had given birth a year earlier and couldn’t wait to share the experience of Motherhood with her, as I had all the other important moments in our lives from travelling around the world to planning our weddings. Whilst I tentatively warned her about the need to rest and the impact of sleep deprivation, I never dreamt to mention post natal depression nor did I even know about the possibility of postnatal psychosis. 

Four weeks after her daughter was born, Alice suffered a psychotic episode and further complications led to her passing away a week later leaving behind her devastated family, friends and a daughter who will never truly know just how wonderful her Mother was.
 
There is nothing positive about this situation or this mental illness. It is vicious, cruel and deeply unjust. On the morning I was told that Alice, my bright, beautiful, determined friend who had fought so hard to become a Mother, was in hospital with a bleak prognosis I felt an overwhelming urge to run. Running has a meditative quality that I discovered in my late 20s and I think has been essential to my own mental stability in times of stress. And so I ran that day trying to tell myself if would be OK. Unfortunately for Alice and those close to her; it was not.
 
However, in the spirit of Alice’s unquestionable strength and positivity, it is so important to remember that there is much to be done to ensure other families do not suffer in the same way. To this end, I am hugely honoured to be running the London Marathon for APP. The work they do to publicise, support and educate is vital to prevent further devastating losses and to provide essential life lines to sufferers and their families.
 
I will run in Alice’s name and all those who have suffered from this unjust and frightening condition."

You can support Katie's training and fundraising at her Virgin Money Giving page and save the date! The London Marathon is on 23rd April 2017 and we want as many APP supporters to be there to cheer her on as possible. 

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Triathletes Take On Xmas Mincepie Cycle

img_0547On Sunday 18th December Meynell Valley Hunters Triathlon Club (MVH) organised a Xmas Mincepie Cycle for charity and APP was the lucky recipient of a share of the proceeds, £160.00 in total. 

Warm thanks go to Robin Barber (pictured in his arresting Xmas jumper!) and a wonderful group of Tri Club members who made cakes and mince pies and helped to serve out teas during an extremely successful morning. Robin managed to whip up some amazing support from neighbouring Tri clubs and Heather Heron organised an APP information desk.

Warm thanks from us all at APP go to a truly charitable club who have already supported APP in a number of events this past year - including their Annual Xmas Dinner Raffle which raised another £150! - and especially to Robin who has initiated such a willing charity drive for APP within the club. 

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Sue & Iain's 50th Birthday Fundraising

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We are so grateful to Iain and Sue McKendrick who set up a fundraising page for APP on the occasion of their 50th birthdays. Iain told us,

"We were delighted when we discovered what APP was doing, because 16 years ago, when Sue was ill, there was so little advice and information available.  We were incredibly lucky that various friends rallied round to help me, that my mum was able to come and stay for a month or so, and that the local Social Work department was willing to assign some help once Sue was home and I needed to go back to work... but it could all have been so different."

Iain's birthday was in July and Sue's is in December so they threw a big party in between and included the link to the fundraising page on the invitations asking for donations rather than presents. They managed to raise over £700 for APP, so a very big thank you to Sue and Iain!

Sue, as a 50th birthday objective, has collated a collection of her poetry and is having it published.  There is a section in the book where she talks about PP, and some of the poems are about that period in our lives, and in reference to her experience, she has called the book 'Method in my Madness'. Read more about Sue's story including some of her powerful poems here.

 

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Bethlem Royal Hospital Mother and Baby Unit Fundraising For APP

cake sale for Action on Postpartum PsychosisA big thank you to the staff from the Mother and Baby unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital who are in training for the Hampton Court half marathon in February 2017 and raising money for APP. They say:

"Working on a Mother and Baby unit, we are all very aware of the illness postpartum psychosis, as well as many other illnesses relating to women during pregnancy and after giving birth. We want to raise money for the amazing charity APP and support their work as well as raise awareness around mental health during pregnancy and after having a baby."

They have recently had a very successful cake sale to help towards reaching their fundraising target and have emailed us an update on their endeavours:

"Just wanted to share some photos with you from our cake sale. The fundraising is going well, so far we have raised nearly £500! We are planning to do a raffle for Christmas and of course sharing our JustGiving page for people to sponsor us for the half marathon."

You can support this wonderful team of people at their JustGiving fundraising page here.

 

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cake sale for Action on Postpartum Psychosis

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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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