Dale’s 250 Mile Charity Walk in Memory of Claire Donald

Thank you to Dale Marr who walked 250 miles during April and May, to honour the memory of her sister Claire Donald. Dale wanted to raise awareness of postpartum psychosis (PP) and help APP to support women and families who are affected by the illness.

Dale said ‘On 17th January ten years ago I tragically lost my sister to the horrible illness postpartum psychosis. We are very blessed that Claire left behind her two beautiful daughters and we see so much of her in them. It means so much to me that other women and their families get the help and support they need.

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated to help raise awareness of this fantastic charity.’

 

Dale on her wedding day with her sister Claire

Dale’s fundraiser has raised more than £1,400 for APP. We would like to thank Dale for supporting APP and everyone who has donated. You can still visit and donate to Dale’s fundraising page here.

If you have been inspired by Dale, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch here.

 

 

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Katherine Kay’s 40 Miles in 40 Days Sea Swim in Memory of Amy Rogers

A huge thank you to Katherine Kay who took part in a sponsored 40 miles in 40 days sea swim in Poole, to honour the memory of her friend Amy Rogers. Katherine wanted to raise awareness and money for both APP and Winston’s Wish, a bereavement charity that provides emotional and practical support to children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling. Katherine started the sponsored sea swim in May and finished the 40 miles on 25th June, which would have been Amy’s 40th birthday.

Katherine said ‘Nearly three years ago, my wonderful, hilarious, big-hearted friend Amy was lost during a postpartum psychotic episode, five days after giving birth to her second son. She is missed so much by everyone who knew her.

Amy loved lots of things: playing the piano, chocolate cheesecake, Ryan Gosling… and swimming in the sea.

 

Katherine's friend, Amy

I’m raising money for two charities which helped Amy’s family after we tragically lost her; Action on Postpartum Psychosis and Winston’s Wish.

Wish me luck… and wish Amy a Happy 40th in your own way. She loved a celebration!’

Katherine swam along Branksome beach, as well as in Osmington Mills, for the duration of her challenge, and said ‘The first ten days were pretty hard, seeing as the weather was windy and rainy and the sea conditions were rough. But since the weather has improved, a lot of my swims have been so beautiful. I’ve been doing a lot of my swims before the morning school run, so I have been in the sea around 5.30am. One morning, the full moon was still out, which was pretty magical.

After my final swim, Amy's family and I drank champagne on the beach and raised a glass to her. I have been absolutely blown away with what I have raised so far. People have been really generous. Everyone who met Amy loved her, so the amount is a testament to how loved she was’.

Katherine has raised more than £9,600. We would like to say a huge thank you to Katherine for supporting both APP and Winston’s Wish, and to all who have donated. You can still visit and donate to Katherine’s fundraising page here.

If you have been inspired by Katherine, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch here.

 

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Wellbeing Boxes

Thank you to Rachel Lucas who is helping to raise money for APP with her wellbeing boxes for motherhood, supporting women in pregnancy and postpartum.

Rachel developed postpartum psychosis in the days following the birth of her daughter Evelyn and spent six weeks in Leeds Mother and Baby Unit (MBU).

She has now developed the Brand New Mum box which she is selling via her website www.pourlamaman.co.uk, donating some of the profits to both APP and PANDAS Foundation. You can watch a video of the wellbeing boxes here.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel says ‘As mums, we face new challenges daily, and these challenges become even harder when all our time and energy is used up on our little ones. It is so important we take the time to recharge, and think about our needs too. I was inspired to do something to help make things a little easier for mums, and so Pour la Maman was born.  With our thoughtfully curated wellbeing boxes to support women in pregnancy, postpartum and beyond, we truly hope we can make a difference. We hope you love our boxes as much as we do.’

Rachel is a big supporter of APP and is also one of our trained Peer Support Volunteers. She held a fundraiser with her family and friends called ‘Four million steps for APP’ during the month of November last year.

Thank you Rachel for your continued support of APP.

If you have been inspired by Rachel, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have! Get in touch here. We would love to support any event you choose.

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Lauren’s Virtual Kiltwalk challenge for Action on Postpartum Psychosis

A huge thank you to Lauren Forrest who took part in the Virtual Scottish Kiltwalk over the weekend of 23rd to 25th April 2021 to raise awareness and money to support APP’s work.

Lauren is a Psychologist working in mental health, and issues affecting the perinatal period interest her. Lauren started the Couch to 5k after the birth of her second baby in September and says keeping active had been a lifeline for her, especially during lockdown

Together with her husband, they ran 10k on one day, and walked 10 miles the following day. Following the challenge, Lauren said ‘It was a nice weekend weather wise and we have lovely scenic routes around East Lothian.  We did a lot of walking around here during my pregnancy and when baby arrived during lockdown. It’s been nice having time to focus on getting my fitness back and of course a bit of a child reprieve! I also have a running buggy now so I am looking forward to having some runs with my mini passenger.

The work of APP is so important to aid recovery of women, increase awareness and educate, facilitate research into postpartum psychosis and improve current services. It’s been a privilege to just play a very small part in supporting the charity.’ 

Lauren’s challenge has raised more than £250 for APP, and all funds will be topped up by 50% thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation. We would like to thank Lauren for supporting APP and everyone who has donated.

You can still visit and donate to Lauren’s fundraising page here.

If you have been inspired by Lauren, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch here.

 

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The Wasleys 10K run for Action on Postpartum Psychosis

A huge thank you to Chris Wasley and his wife Natalie who ran 10k on Sunday 18th April to support and raise money for both APP and the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) at Bournemouth.

Natalie had PP in 2019 and had a total of three stays in the MBU at Bournemouth. Despite the illness, Chris and Natalie have many fond memories of their time there and say that the care the staff provided for Natalie and their son was amazing. Chris has found APP’s Partners Peer Support scheme very supportive.

In January 2021, they decided to start running with the goal that together they would complete a 10k run and share their story to increase awareness of PP.

Chris and Natalie both achieved their personal best times in the 10k run, and met a man at the event whose close friend had experienced PP.

Following the run, Chris said ‘Thankyou to everyone for the support and donations, but more importantly thank you for taking the time to read about our PP story.

We could not have dreamt of the amount we have raised for APP and our MBU in Bournemouth, but to us the most incredible thing we have achieved is raising awareness for this illness.

Chris and Natalie’s fundraiser has raised more than £1700 for APP and the Bournemouth MBU. We would like to thank Chris and Natalie for supporting APP and everyone who has donated.

If you have been inspired by Chris and Natalie, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have! Get in touch here.

 

 

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Kate Stevenson-Pugh's hair shave for Action on Postpartum Psychosis!

A huge thank you to Kate Stevenson-Pugh who had her hair shaved on 12th December to raise awareness and money to support APP’s work.

Kate developed postpartum psychosis after the birth of her first baby.

Following the head shave, Kate said ‘Action on Postpartum Psychosis is such an important charity for women affected by PP and recovering. I’m absolutely thrilled that the total raised so far is up to just over £1,380 with gift aid. My hair is gone and my ears are chilly!’

Kate’s fundraiser has done a fantastic job of raising awareness, as well as funds, through her JustGiving page, which you can still visit and donate to here. Thank you Kate for your support of APP and to all who have donated.

If you have been inspired, we would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch with us here.

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Dominic's TikTok live stream to support APP

A huge thank you goes to Dominic Bamber, who a year and a half after skydiving for APP, organised a TikTok live stream event and video challenges on 1st January 2021 to raise awareness and money to support APPs work.

Dominic is a committed supporter of APP and has a sister who was affected by the illness, so the charity is close to his heart.

You can find a link to Dominic’s TikTok page here.

Dominic’s fundraiser has done a fantastic job of raising awareness, as well as funds, through his JustGiving page, which you can still visit and donate to here.

If you have been inspired by Dominic, APP would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch by email.

 

 

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Support APP this festive season

We would like to thank you for your support this year. 2020 has been a difficult year for many people. Separation from family and friends has been a challenge for us all, but isolation and lack of support has been particularly hard for pregnant women, new parents and those recovering from postpartum psychosis (PP).

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, APP’s priority has been to support women and families who need us.

We’ve concentrated on: providing high-quality peer support; setting up new services to help people connect during this time; signposting pregnant and postnatal women to the right services; and disseminating expert information. This year we have:

  • matched 246 women or partners with a recovered volunteer to receive one-to-one peer support.
  • supported 250 people a month on our Peer Support Forum. The Forum now has more than 2,700 registered users, and is open 365 days a year, providing a place for anyone affected by PP to talk about their experiences and find support from volunteers.
  • launched a new video call 1:1 peer support service.
  • have continued to hold regular café group meet ups (via video call and socially distanced walks) and added a new café group for North Wales taking our number of regional social groups to seven.
  • increased our support for partners, with a new Partners Coordinator, Simon, and more dad volunteers trained in peer support.
  • reached millions of people with our social media campaigns and media pieces, including developing our #MumWatch graphic - raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis – which has been seen by 278,500 people.
  • delivered training and lived experience talks to more than 1,700 multidisciplinary health professionals.
  • worked locally and nationally to help improve services and campaign for the needs of women and families who develop PP during the pandemic to be met.
  • set up lots of new online social activities, for example: the APP Book Club; a Running, Walking and Cycling group; art and craft activities, and more to help people stay connected.

2020 has brought financial challenges for maternal mental health charities at a time when support has never been more vital. If you would like to support APP’s festive appeal financially you can: 

If you’re not able to make a donation this year, you can help us in other ways as we try to break down the stigma surrounding perinatal mental illness and raise awareness of postpartum psychosis. Please share APP’s posts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and talk to whoever you can about the importance of maternal mental health charities and specialist perinatal services. Look out for lots of PP and APP press pieces over Christmas.

Thank you for supporting us through this difficult year.
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Send festive e-cards and support APP this year

Browse APP's wonderful festive designs to send as e-cards to your loved ones.

Send APP e-cards in 5 steps:

  1. Choose your e-card design from dontsendmeacard.com
  2. Write your personalised message
  3. Donate the cost of cards and stamps
  4. Send your e-card to up to 100 people with just one donation
  5. Feel good in knowing that you've helped support APP's work
Send festive e-cards and donate the cost of cards and stamps to APP > 

Thank you to our e-card artists this year

The artworks for our festive e-cards this year have been created by mums with lived experience of postpartum psychosis, their children and families, by staff at Mother and Baby Units and our supporters. Thank you to everyone who got in touch to share their designs for our e-card appeal.

With thanks to:

  • Beth, age 9
  • The Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, Nottingham
  • Hannah, age 7
  • Alexis Stevens
  • MotherFeels
  • Seth, age 5
  • Jane Hamilton-Whatling
  • The Ribblemere Mother and Baby Unit, Chorley
  • Jocelyn Ellams
  • Anneliese Appleby
  • Gillian Seale
  • Sarah Spring
  • Faye Sheel
  • Ada-May, age 5
  • and to everyone else who sent in a card for our appeal
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Four million steps for Action on Postpartum Psychosis!

A huge thank you goes to Rachel Lucas and friends, who together as a team of 11, walked four million steps for APP during the month of November to raise awareness and money to support APP’s work. Rachel developed postpartum psychosis in the days following the birth of her daughter Evelyn and spent six weeks in Leeds Mother and Baby Unit (MBU).

Following her amazing efforts, Rachel said We were very pleased we beat our target for the steps and the fundraising! It was harder than we expected to keep up the minimum steps every day for a whole month. Especially on work days, with the weather being miserable a lot of the month and the fact we had a few members of the team in isolation at various times! But it was good to have something to get us through the lockdown. I’m glad to hear our fundraising efforts will make a big difference.’

Rachel has signed up to be one of our five runners in the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) which will take place on 23rd May 2021. We hope your training goes well and you are looking forward to the big day.

Rachel’s event has raised such incredible awareness and funds through her JustGiving page, which you can still visit and donate to here. Thank you Rachel and friends for your support of APP and to all who have donated!

- Rachel’s event has so far raised more than £1,500 for APP!

If you have been inspired by Rachel, APP would love to support any fundraising ideas you have. Get in touch here.

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