Oórlagh and team take on the Belfast Marathon!

A big thank you to Oórlagh and team of friends and family who are taking on the Belfast Marathon and 9 Mile Walk on Sunday 5th May in aid of APP!

The 2019 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon route begins in Stormont and finishes at Ormeau Park with over 17,000 participants expected to hit the streets of North, South, East and West of the City.

Oórlagh says: "All donations will help create much needed awareness and support for such an important charity, APP. Thank you to all those who have already sponsored with cash. Greatly appreciated."

Please support Oórlagh and her team and donate what you can via her JustGiving page here. Huge thanks to everyone taking part!

 

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An amazing evening of Music 4 Mums!

A huge Thank You to everyone involved in the Music 4 Mums event that took place at The Gresham Centre, London, on Friday 29th March. It was a truly fantastic evening, and a very special event to start APP’s Music 4 Mums celebrations for 2019, to mark UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (29 April to 3rd May).

APP's Hannah (Peer Support & Regional Rep Co-ordinator) was delighted to attend and speak at the event, she says:

"When I was asked to say a few words between numbers sung by the Choir Baby, Kings Place Choir and Great Ormond Street Choir, with their Director Naomi Hammerton, I felt really lucky on so many levels to be there. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with London Regional APP volunteers, Sophie and Jessie, who were fantastic in helping to represent APP at the packed event held in the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of the Gresham Centre, in the city of London near St Paul’s. We also bumped into APP Media volunteer Fiona and managed to grab a photo with her in the interval! We were accepting donations to APP including at the bar which was busy all evening and we had many opportunities to talk to audience members about APP and the work we are doing to support women and families affected by PP.

The opportunity to raise awareness of the devastating nature of PP and also what APP can offer, including our information and award-winning peer support, had also included an interview with Sophie as part of a piece on the ITN London news that evening, and a brief appearance by me about what PP was – a short sound-bite but important to have APP in there. Thanks to Sophie for sharing her story and also the brilliant venue of her employer’s roof garden with views of the city, which the film crew were very impressed by!

The event had been organised in memory of a choir member, Amy, who sadly lost her life after suffering an episode of PP last year. It was clear how much she had meant to the singers as they performed rousing songs, which were interspersed with moments of comedy, dark humour and gritty readings by esteemed performers including Romola Garai and Alex Waldmann. BAFTA award-winning actress Imelda Staunton was breathtaking in her reading of Jessica Pidsley’s “Mutha Courage”, written about her experience of PP and featuring in a recent Radio 4 documentary (read more about it here). The audience were enthralled and moved by Imelda’s passionate account of Jessica’s experience. The evening ended with an emotional tribute by Amy’s husband Phil, who joined the choir in their last number. There was not a dry eye in the house as he spoke about losing his wife and the stigma which still surrounds psychosis.

As we spoke to the audience and members of Amy’s family at the end of the performance, we all felt that the evening had been one we would remember for a very long time. PP Mums are amazing and the loss of anyone from this horrific yet treatable illness was something that was important to be part of. It was a privilege to be just a small part of this fantastic event."

You can watch a short clip from the event via Kings Place Choir's Twitter feed here

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Singing, celebration, spoken word and sisterhood!

We are delighted to announce the first Music 4 Mums event for 2019! Taking place on Friday 29th March'Music 4 Mums' is an evening of singing, celebration, spoken word and sisterhood. Featuring a stellar line up of female artists and special choral performances by Kings Place Choir, Great Ormond Street Staff and Parent Choir and Choir Baby, a choir for new Mums and Dads.

"This event will raise money for APP, and launch their ‘Music 4 Mums’ campaign for 2019. This campaign aims to celebrate mums with musical events all over the country, raising awareness of the need for adequate maternal mental health care services in every area of the UK, and raising much-needed funds to support APP’s vital work supporting women and families affected by postpartum psychosis....This event is an opportunity for people to come together in support of each other, lending their voices to the voiceless and helping to stamp out the dangerous stigma attached to motherhood and mental health, whilst raising funds for Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Please add your voice to this important conversation by coming along. Every scrap of awareness and funding will go towards helping a Mum get back on her feet so she can enjoy her new baby and hold onto the future she deserves."

You can book tickets online via Eventbrite here £15 per ticket + booking fee, or find out more via the Facebook event page here.

A very big thank you to everyone involved, we can't wait to come along and experience a fantastic night!

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APP at this year's Royal Parks Half!

APP are looking for two enthusiastic runners to take part in this year's Royal Parks Half Marathon on 13th October 2019, could it be you?!

This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of 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.

The award-winning event was set up as an annual fundraising initiative, raising sustainable funds for the Royal Parks to support London’s eight Royal Parks, and enabling charities of all sizes to be involved in a major challenge event.

If you would like to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon and raise some much needed funds for APP at the same time please get in touch with us via fundraising@app-network.org Thank You!

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Helen's Northallerton Parkrun coffee morning!

A big thank you to Helen, who is hosting hot drinks and cakes after the Northallerton Parkrun taking place on Easter Saturday, 20th April, in aid of APP!

Please visit and donate to Helen's JustGiving page here, or turn up on the day for some lovely refreshments!

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Thank You to Some Voices!

APP took part in three amazing and emotional nights at the Some Voices Speakeasy events at The Troxy, London on 10th, 11th and 12th December. Some Voices were raising money in aid of APP in memory of a member of their choir who tragically lost her life to Postpartum Psychosis earlier this year.

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Vicky & Anya trek Cambodia!

Last month APP Media Advisor Vicky Jepson and ex-BBC colleague Anya Francis completed their trek through Cambodia, celebrating life and fundraising for APP and UCLH charity respectively.

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Kat's Kiltwalk!

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A big Thank You to Kat who is taking part in the Glasgow Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk on Sunday 28th April 2019 in aid of APP!

Kat's Kiltwalk donation page is here - please donate what you can and support her Kiltwalk 2019.

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Hobby Horses Race Night at Jaguar Land Rover!

A huge thank you to VP&S, a department within Jaguar Land Rover, who hosted a charity fund raising event on Friday 9th November and raised much needed funds for APP!

"We raised £1120, which was split between The Marston Green Lions, who ran the evening for us, Brain Tumour Research and Action on Postpartum Psychosis. The evening took the format of horse racing - the main difference being the horses were hobby horses! There were seven races, containing six horses each; there was an opportunity for race goers to ‘buy and own’ one of the 42 horses, and if your horse won – you got half of the auction money, the other half going to the charities. The purchasing of horses, was a quiet affair for the first couple of races, but it soon gathered pace, with the six horses in the final race, being auctioned off for the princely sum of £167 in total. We had a raffle, which raised a considerable amount of money too.

Thank you to Solihull Moors FC for providing us with the room for the event and to all those, who sponsored races, supplied raffle prizes and made monetary donations."

And it looks like they had a really fun evening!

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'Some Voices, Swing' for APP!

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Thank you to 'London's coolest choir' Some Voices, who have chosen to support APP at their Christmas 'Seasonal Speakeasy' concert this year.

Some Voices are supporting APP after they tragically lost one of their members earlier this year, they say: "Earlier this year Some Voices tragically lost a member and friend of our community to a very rare but very serious mental health condition. Postpartum Psychosis is a severe, but treatable, form of mental illness that occurs after having a baby. It can happen ‘out of the blue’ to women without previous experience of mental illness, and affects 1,400 women in the UK every year.

Every term we support a carefully selected charity, and this term we are proudly supporting ‘Action on Postpartum Psychosis’ who offer vital support for families affected by the illness, as well as fund life- changing research and training. Some Voices have already raised nearly £200 for APP from this terms social events, and we plan to increase this figure dramatically over the coming weeks through our upcoming show ’Seasonal Speakeasy’. We hope to see you there."

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