Laura and Helen complete their challenge!

two women wearing purple APP running vests and glitter on their faces, in a crowd of runners at the start of the GNR
 

Sisters Laura and Helen have taken part in various events this year to raise funds for APP culminating in the Great North Run, which took place on Sunday 11th September.

Following the sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there was some last minute uncertainty about whether the run would go ahead, but organisers decided an event that brought people together and raises millions for charity would be a fitting tribute to the late Queen.

Laura and Helen wearing their GNR finisher and APP medalsLaura and Helen were really pleased that the run went ahead, and both completed it in brilliant times. Not only that, between them, they raised nearly £2,000 for APP - an amazing achievement - and definitely deserved their medals!

A huge thank you to both of you from all at APP.

 

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Trichana runs for APP

Trichana wearing her APP tshirtTrichana Rai from Colchester has chosen to take on a mammoth challenge for APP - aiming to run 300km in six months.

Trichana had postpartum psychosis after the birth of her son in 2014. Like many affected, before being diagnosed herself, she had never heard of PP.  She was hospitalised in an MBU for one and half months.

She says of that time: "I was so poorly. I couldn't take care of my son and myself. I was very weak mentally and physically. I used to be tearful without any reason, I couldn't sleep and my appetite had gone down gradually. I even thought sometimes there is no reason to live."trichana running through a wooded area

Trichana is now fully recovered.

She says "Those moments were very difficult and challenging for me and my family, but I have learned and experienced there is always bright light after a thunderstorm."

She is running to help other mums affected by PP. Thank you so much Trichana.

If you'd like to follow Trichana's journey, or offer your support, she regularly updates her justgiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Trichana-Rai

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The Big Bake

A HUGE thank you to the teams at the Morpeth Mother and Baby Unit, Exeter Mother and Baby Unit and the Pennine Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Team who held our first #APPTheBigBake events this week!

All the teams raised vital funds for Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) and awareness of postpartum psychosis while having a great time and enjoying some delicious bakes!

At Beadnell Ward, Morpeth Mother and Baby Unit, APP's Morpeth peer support team have been baking with the mums. Our sessional peer supporter Kerry has enjoyed making lovely cakes (the pink cupcakes pictured) and a sunny walk with the mums. Baking is always a popular activity and we hope you agree that the finished results look delicious too!

Do you fancy holding your own Big Bake event? Get in touch and we'll send you your free The Big Bake pack.

Find out more: www.bit.ly/APPTheBigBake

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Sisters challenge themselves for APP

Laura Kirkpatrick and her sister Helen Long are undertaking several challenges this year to raise funds for APP.  They have completed a Tough Warrior event, Laura has run the Great North 10K and both of them will be running the Great North Run in early September.

'I experienced postpartum Psychosis after the birth of my second child Lucy.  She was 6 weeks old when I was admitted to the Beadnall Mother and Baby Unit in Morpeth. It was there that I received excellent support from the APP peer support worker Sharon Bell. Sharon was there to support me and my family, speaking often on the phone with my mum to help ease her mind that I was going to recover. She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to and she was very reassuring and supportive. It was also reassuring looking at the information on the website and reading stories from other mums who had suffered and recovered from postpartum psychosis.

Laura with her GN10K medal in front of the Tyne Bridge

To raise money for APP my sister and I completed Total Warrior in June which was hard but really fun! We will also run the Great North Run in September. We wanted to raise money for APP to ensure they can continue to provide the support to other mums suffering with postpartum psychosis and we have raised over £1400 between us so far.'

Thank you so much to both Laura and Helen for taking on these challenges and thank you to everyone who has donated to support them so far.

You can read more about their stories and support Laura and her sister Helen here:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-kirkpatrick3

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-long15

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Jenny and family's fundraising for APP 10 years on

Jenny Stevenson and a team of family members spent a month clocking up some ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ 10 years after Jenny experienced postpartum psychosis (PP).

Jenny experienced PP after the birth of her first son, Toby, in 2012. Admission to the Brockington Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in Stafford, prompt specialist treatment, and good support from family and friends all aided a relatively quick recovery. Peer support, via APP’s online forum and reading personal experiences and stories on APP’s website, subsequently played a huge role in helping Jenny to come to terms with what had happened. Jenny attended an APP volunteer event the following year and trained as a peer support volunteer at the beginning of 2015. She is now working as one of APP’s National Peer Support Coordinators.

Jenny wanted to mark the 10 year milestone by raising some money and awareness for APP. She decided to take on a ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ fundraising challenge between the dates she was an inpatient on the MBU (exactly one month) in 2012. The initial target was to jog and walk 37 miles during the month, the distance from her home to the MBU. With help from family members, the hope was to double this distance and cover the return journey.

Over the course of the month, Jenny’s team (Jenny, Toby, Jenny’s mum, sister and brother-in-law) jogged, walked and swum 375 miles between them. Each mile completed as part of this challenge reflects the journeys mums, babies, partners and families travel to be together, whilst mums receive care in Mother and Baby Units. 375 miles reflects five return journeys from Jenny’s home to the MBU in Stafford, a journey travelled by her husband every day during her stay.

The team raised £1275 for APP and by asking people to donate via the Big Give, which match-funded donations during the month of July, APP received double this amount – a total of over £2500.

JennJenny pictured with her mum, son, sister and brother in law, all wearing purple APP t shirtsy says, “I’m delighted to have raised so much money for APP and that the money raised via the Big Give will be used to help grow the peer support service. Peer support is vital to so many women and families affected by postpartum psychosis – I see first-hand the positive difference it makes.”

Jenny is pictured here with her mum Sharon, son Toby, sister Juliet and brother in law Stephen.

 

 

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The Big Bake for APP

The Big Bake

Dust off your aprons and pick up your wooden spoons – we have a very exciting opportunity for you this summer and we'd love you to be part of it.

APP have been selected to be part of The Big Give campaign as part of their Women & Girls fund. This means that throughout July, every donation we receive via our campaign page on The Big Give website (www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive) will be doubled!

As part of this we’re encouraging our supporters to take part in The Big Bake for APP!

Get together with friends or colleagues this summer and hold an awareness-raising cake sale, bake off competition, coffee morning or afternoon tea in aid of Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Your support could help give a cake and a cuppa to a mum at an APP peer support café group.

We'll provide you with a FREE pack full of fundraising tips, ideas, APP goodies and even some of our favourite recipes!  Plus during July, any donations you raise through your event will be worth TWICE as much – so if you raise £50, APP will receive £100.

Our target is to reach £5,000 in donations – meaning a total of £10,000 raised. This would make such a difference to our work – we are particularly keen to increase our offer of peer support - establishing more face to face café support groups, particularly in areas of the UK that are currently underserved. We’d also like to try and reach and support more women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; and to provide additional support for partners and parents of women who develop postpartum psychosis.

We know our peer support service is vital, life changing and in some cases life-saving - giving women and family members with experience of PP the opportunity to meet and talk with others.

“It has been life changing for me. I don't feel isolated at all, if anything, I feel proud to be part of this unique community of amazing, strong women and proud of everything we have been through.”
APP Peer Support beneficiary

Ready to get baking? Drop us an email fundraising@app-network.org and we’ll send you more details and your fundraising pack so you can get started!

Not got time to bake? Might you be able to give us a direct donation instead? All donations made through our Big Give campaign page will be doubled! Donate here: www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive

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Double the donation, double the impact!

We’re very excited that APP have been selected to be part of The Big Give campaign as part of their Women and Girls fund 2022.

This means that throughout July, every donation we receive via our campaign page on The Big Give website (www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive) will be doubled, thanks to match funding from the DCMS’ Tampon Tax.

So, if you’d like to donate to APP during July, we would be so grateful – and your donation would have DOUBLE the impact – you donate £5, APP will receive £10; you donate £25, APP receives £50 and so on.

Our target for the month is to reach £5,000 in donations – which would mean a total of £10,000 raised. This would make such a difference to our work – and we are particularly keen to increase our offer of peer support - setting up more face to face café support groups, particularly in areas of the UK that are currently underserved. We’d also like to try and reach and support more women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; and to provide additional support for partners and parents of women who develop postpartum psychosis.

We know our peer support service is vital, life changing, and in some cases, life-saving - giving women and family members with experience of PP the opportunity to meet and talk with others.

baby asleep on a person wearing an APP t shirtWe're so grateful for your support – we are a small charity, and as such every single donation we receive really does make a big difference to the work we do.
If you aren’t able to donate more at the moment, we totally understand – but please do share our campaign with others if you can.

That link again is www.bit.ly/APPTheBigGive - only donations through that page will be doubled. You can also find shareable posts on our social media feeds.

You may also be interested in our ‘The Big Bake’ campaign that we’re running alongside The Big Give – find out more here...

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Chamomile MBU Team take on Snowdon for APP

Good luck to the Chamomile Mother & Baby Unit team from Birmingham who are taking on an epic challenge to help raise funds for APP this weekend - a team of 30 staff from the uniChamomile MBU Teamt will be attempting to summit the highest mountain in Wales - Mount Snowdon!

Plasters, insoles and plenty of snacks are packed and the team (which includes APP trustee Dr Giles Beresford) are raring to go!

Keep an eye on our social media feeds for updates during the weekend and you can show your support for their amazing efforts here - they're so close to their fundraising target! www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chamomile-mbu

We're really excited to see how they get on and can't wait for pictures from the summit! Wishing the whole team lots of luck!

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Tonna Trekkers complete their #MilesforMumsandBabies Challenge!

Collage of the Uned Gobaith Miles for Mums team
Uned Gobaith team members taking part in their challenge.

A team of 17 from Uned Gobaith Mother and Baby Unit in Swansea Bay, Wales, have completed their APP #MilesforMumsandBabies Challenge this month - covering over 1000 miles between them during May.

In their first week they covered over 300 miles, initially doing the majority of them separately but they went on to organise a series of group walks - with a team of them even making it to the top of Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in Compilation of images of the team in their purple APP tshirtsSouth Wales!

 

Bethan Williams, Nursery Nurse at the unit, has been keeping us updated on their progress.

She says 'It's been lovely for us all getting out in the fresh air and has been a great team building activity, we have all enjoyed encouraging each other.  Between us we have walked, run, cycled and ridden 1018.4 miles across Wales, England, Norway and Greece.  We have had a number of group walks and our children and pets have enjoyed joining in with us.

We are thrilled that we have raised over £1,200 for APP and are looking forward to taking part in more challenges over the years. It has been a lovely event for us to do to celebrate our first year as a team.'

Tonna Trekkers on Aberavon Beach

Huge congratulations to the team on their amazing achievement and a massive thank you from all at APP!

You can still show your support for them at: www.justgiving.com/team/TeamTonnaTrekkers

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Would you like to fundraise for APP in 2022?

APP is fortunate to have an amazing group of supporters who raise money for the charity and awareness of postpartum psychosis (PP) through all sorts of fun activities. However, we always need more of you to ensure we can keep operating our vital information and peer support services.

Are you interested in fundraising for APP in 2022? Here are a few ideas of some of the fundraising activities and events you could take part in. It's easy to support us by organising your own activity - be as imaginative as you can!

  • Organise a fundraising event in your local area - from Art sales to Zumba, every £ you raise helps us to help more people affected by PP.
  • Skydive for APP! Would you like to enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable feeling of a skydive; flying through the clouds from over 10,000 ft at up to 120 mph? Find out more here.
  • Kiltwalk in Scotland! Take part in a fab walking event with three distances to choose from, suitable for walkers of all ages and experiences, in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. Find out more here.
  • Get sporty! Run, walk, swim or cycle an event and raise sponsorship for APP. Tell us about it here and send us any photos and fundraising links.
  • Are you a  member of a club or society that could hold a fundraising event for APP or let us have a stall at an event where we could collect donations? Let us know.
  • Having a clear out? Sell your unwanted items via Ebay for Charity and donate part or all of the proceeds to APP.
  • Take part in our Miles for Mums and Babies Challenge. Walk, run or cycle 10 miles, 20 miles, 500 miles or even 1000 miles! Each mile reflects the journey mums, babies, partners and families travel to be together, whilst mums receive care in Mother and Baby Units. You can read a news article about the challenges that were completed in 2021 here, which included;

Katherine Paul and her son Harris who walked 3 miles in one day on 6thMay (during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week).

The team from the MBU at Glasgow’s Leverndale Hospital and colleagues from the Community Perinatal Mental Health Team who challenged themselves to walk 10,000 steps a day throughout May.

Anna Grisedale who had PP in 2015 and 2018, challenged herself to walk 119 miles, which represents the journey she made from Leeds to the MBU in Morpeth with her first born.

Emma Charlton who works at Beadnell MBU in Morpeth. Along with her colleague Katie, Emma walked 161 miles over a 12 week period to raise money for APP.

The team from the new Perinatal Mental Health Service in Ayrshire and Arran challenged themselves to walk 1,400 miles throughout October.

Just a few of the amazing fundraising events that you could sign up for during 2022 are listed below:

Kiltwalks – Scotland

A Scottish piper in front of a crowd of Kiltwalkers

Mass participation walking events in Scottish cities - walks range from a 'Wee Wander' (3-6 miles), a 'Big Stroll' (11 miles) or a 'Mighty Stride' (25 miles) - and kids are welcome to take part too!
Kiltwalkers can raise funds for APP and thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, all funds raised will be topped up by 50%. Sign up on the Kiltwalk website and select APP as your chosen charity!

Aberdeen - 29 May
Dundee - 21 August
Edinburgh - 18 September
Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk 7 - 9 October

 

Tough Mudder – Obstacle Races

London West – 21 and 22 May 2022
Scotland – 2 and 3 July 2022
Manchester – 23 and 24 July 2022
Yorkshire – 30 and 31 July 2022
South West – 20 and 21 August 2022
North West – 10 and 11 September 2022
London South – 24 and 25 September

Jurassic Coast Challenge

– 14 to 15 May 2022

 

 

Great Manchester Run

– 15 May 2022

 

 

 

 Edinburgh Marathon Festival

– 28 May 2022 run 10k
– run a half marathon
– run a full marathon

 

RideLondon-Essex100

– 29 May 2022

 

 

 

Great Swim 2022

Great North Swim– Windermere 10-12 June 2022
Great North Swimrun – Windermere 11 June 2022
Great East Swim – Alton Water 18 June 2022
Great East Swimrun – Alton Water 18 June 2022

 

3 Peaks Challenge

(National and Yorkshire) – anytime May to October

 

 

Great Run Events

Great Manchester Run – 22 May 2022
Great North Run – 11 September 2022
Great Bristol Run – 25 September 2022
Great Scottish Run – 2nd October 2022
Great South Run – 15 and 16 October 2022

 

Royal Parks Half Marathon  – 9 October 2022 London

We have filled our three charity places in the 2022 Royal Parks Half marathon which will take place on Sunday 9 October in London. The 13.1 mile route 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. If you got a place in the ballot and would like to fundraise for APP, please email fundraising@app-network.org

TCS London Marathon

Ballots have now closed for the 2022 London Marathon and we have a couple of amazing runners signed up.  Keep an eye out for next year's event!

We do still have spaces available in the TCS Virtual London Marathon which takes place on the same day as the in person event (2nd October 2022) but you get 24 hours to complete the distance and people all over the world will be taking part at the same time. Contact us if you're interested in joining the APP London Marathon team this year!

 

Do you live in Northern Ireland? Here are some fundraising events you could sign up to;

Mourne Way 10K Night Walk – 21 June 2022 Kilbroney Park
Coast2Coast Multisport Challenge 14 to 15  May 2022
Causeway Coast Marathon Events – 24 September 2022

The Original Mourne Seven Sevens Walk

– 2 August 2022

 

 

 

If you would like to get involved in fundraising, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact fundraising@app-network.org for more information.

Thank you

 

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