Birmingham Family Fun Event

Birmingham Purple PartyOn 18th Aug , APP 's Heather Heron and Nic Muckelroy journeyed to Martineau Gardens in Birmingham to attend a special family fun event organised by staff of Birmingham's Mother & Baby Unit (MBU). We are grateful to Giles Berrisford and Clare Hooper for affording us the opportunity to man an APP stall in order to raise awareness of PP. It was a hugely enjoyable day for those families who have benefited from such a great facility as the Birminham MBU and for those friends who continue to support it. If you have not been to Martineau gardens : go ! It is a wonderfully quirky little place for children and families.

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Sotheby's Staff Summer Exhibition

On 25th July, Sotheby's organised a Staff Summer Exhibition in London. APP was the chosen charity and a great preview evening was enjoyed by a huge throng of invited guests, including APP trustees. We are greatly indebted to the team at Sotheby's including all of the artists and those who produced the impressive catalogue. It was humbling to see Sotheby's staff working so hard on our behalf, both on the special preview night and prior to it.  Informative and moving speeches were delivered by Nic Muckelroy and Prof. Ian Jones and the feedback from all involved was really positive.

We will report soon on the final amount raised at this event.

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APP / PP Catalogue Advert

APP catalogue advert / PP information

These are the two pages providing information on Postpartum Psychosis & APP charity printed in the Sotheby's London, 22nd July - 9th August catalogue.

Many thanks & heartfelt gratitude to Sotheby's staff for your considerable efforts & hosting a wonderful event!

Click here to download the advert pdf»

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Support Us at Sotheby’s Annual Staff Exhibition

sothebys catalogue

From Friday 26th July Sotheby’s staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. We are delighted that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity and we receive 15% on sales of very reasonably priced artwork.  APP will also have a stand there and we appear (in some detail) in their catalogue which Sotheby's will kindly donate 100% of sales to us.The exhibition runs from 26th July - 9th August, Mon to Fri, 9am till 4.30pm, Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA.

It would be wonderful if you could support us by taking a trip to the exhibition or by buying a catalogue? Or even buy some artwork? Or perhaps you or your company would enclose a donation in our envelopes - available from the APP stall?

Catalogues are available at the exhibition or we are selling them at £3.50 each +postage, please contact heather@www.app-network.org

Thank you in advance for your support.

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Voices of the Valley Charity Concert

On Friday 14th June, 2013 some members of the APP Board, along with their friends, journeyed to Llay nr Wrexham in Wales for a charity concert performed by the internationally renowned, Welsh "Fron Male Voice Choir". APP will benefit financially by the Fron's generosity and we should like to thank all of the choir, their conductor and their management  for: the warmth of their welcome; for their flexibility in allowing us to invade their hall with our advertising banner and literature - thereby raising vital awareness ; and of course - for the soaring beauty of their singing! It was a truly magnificent gesture from a very busy choir and we look forward to maintaining contact with them in the future as we at APP also soar!

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Robin's Madrid Marathon Challenge

Madrid MarathonWhen I signed up to run the Madrid Marathon, I was aware that Madrid was likely to be pretty hot in April, and the course was far from flat.  Most marathon websites have a map of the course - this one had a map, but also an altimeter!  This fear of a gruelling few hours in the Spanish capital spurred me on to undergo some very wintry runs in the early months of the year.  The training became easier and more determined as more and more kind friends and family donated to APP.

I was then made aware of the charity fund-matching scheme of my employer, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), so with JLT and many friends backing me to finish the pressure was on.

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APP Nominated as Sotheby's 2013 Charity

Sotheby'sFrom Friday 26th July, 2013 Sotheby's staff are to hold their Annual Staff Exhibition where the public can view and buy artwork created by members of Sotheby’s staff. The exhibition will continue, thereafter for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm, at Sotheby’s London address: New Bond St Galleries, 34 -35 New Bond St, London, W1A 2AA

We are delighted to announce that APP has been nominated as its 2013 charity. 

This wonderful support for APP is undertaken in memory of a well - loved colleague: Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (Alice Gibson-Watt) who, sadly, died recently. May we encourage you all to visit  this wonderful exhibition during the 2 weeks it is showing this summer? .... perhaps buy reasonably priced artwork ? ... or, if this is not possible, perhaps buy a beautifully produced 2013 Staff Exhibition sale catalogue from Sotheby’s, in which you will also find brief details of APP's work?

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Friends of APP - Marathon Fundraising

Jim Malbon successfully completed the Brighton marathon for APP. Warm thanks go to him for his valiant efforts - especially after hitting the "Wall" way before the finish line. He has raised a magnificent sum for our vital work and we think looks pretty good in our APP vest too!
 
Robin Hamilton is running the Madrid Marathon for us at the end of this month; again we are greatly indebted to him for this. We wish Robin well and hope the weather is not too hot for him.
 
The sums raised by Jim and Robin will prove invaluable in setting up our UK wide Peer Support networks and information banks - as well as in facilitating research - into this saddest of serious postnatal mental illnesses which can strike any mother, often "out of the blue".

(We have so many sporty partners and Friends of APP that we'll soon be able to produce running and triathlon teams!)

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Robin to run Madrid Marathon 28th April

"I am running a hot and hilly marathon in Madrid on Sunday 28th April this year. Just before Christmas a family friend of mine tragically died following a brief illness I had not previously heard of, Postpartum Psychosis (PP). She had had her first child, a beautiful girl, just 5 weeks beforehand."

"I have since learned that Postpartum Psychosis is a mental illness characterised by the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth. As you will see on the charity website, APP is a charity set up with the following aims: To provide up to date information to women who have experienced PP & their families, to facilitate research into all aspects of PP, to facilitate a peer support network for women & their families, to increase awareness of PP, its symptoms, management & impact among health professionals & the general public, and to advocate for improved services for women & their families."

"With many people I know starting families, and with the sad loss of my friend, I feel that it is a very real and worthy cause which will help raise awareness of Postpartum Psychosis, and what can be done to prevent tragedy. Thank you so much for all your support, and thank you for any donations - I will be thinking of all of you who have supported the charity as I race around Madrid at the end of this month."

From all of us at APP, thank you very much Robin. We hope your training is going well & we wish you the very best of luck for the forthcoming run!
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APP's First Purple Wedding!

Purple WeddingAPP's first purple wedding took place on 2nd January 2013, when Jo Thorpe married Will Grace at Holdsworth House in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  After recovering from PP in 2010, Jo married her partner Will, whom she met whilst they played music together in a band, with their beautiful daughter, Marya, as a bridesmaid.  With purple ties, purple flowers, purple jewellery, purple bridesmaids and a purple wedding cake it made a spectacular purple party!  Even some guests showed support by dressing in purple too.  It was a very special day, with many friends and family who travelled from far and wide.

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