Jocelyn visits Soroptimist International

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APP were delighted to be asked to speak to club members at the Cannock & District division of Soroptimist International, after President, Val Jones, put forward APP as one of their charities to highlight for the year. Jocelyn Ellams attended their meeting on 24th October in Cannock and spoke about her lived experience of PP to the members.

They said:
'Action on Postpartum Psychosis [APP] is one of the charities being highlighted this year by President Val Jones, Cannock Soroptimists. It is a small and little known charity; in fact, prior to President Val naming it only 3 members of the club had ever heard of it! 

Jocelyn...gave a most interesting, emotional and enlightening presentation to club members [as] she bravely told us her story, explaining thoughts that she had at the time which in one sense she knew could not be true though she could not control them. She made it possible for us all to have some understanding of the dreadful experiences she had at that time – and also proved she has completely recovered. 

Soroptimist Kate Young hosted Joss and thanked her for giving up her time and, more importantly, for her honesty in telling us about how she was affected. She gave Joss a donation towards the work of APP from SI Cannock and told her that at the end of President Val’s year there would be a further donation.'

Read their full press release here.

Thanks very much to Kate Young and all at the Cannock & District Soroptimist International club!

You can find out more information about Cannock Soroptimists at www.sigbi.org/cannock-and-district or on their Facebook page 

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Holly completes her 8th marathon!

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Congratulations to Holly who has just completed her 8th marathon in Bournemouth on 8th October with a PB (personal best)! Holly now only has 4 marathons left to run in her huge challenge of completing 12 marathons in 12 months, we are all very impressed!

Holly says:
'I ran the Bournemouth marathon on the 8th of October, it was a special one for me as it's where my sister Beth went for her inpatient stay at the mother and baby unit. There were good memories from her time there that really spurred me on and I managed to finish with a personal best of 5hrs 27mins.

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The course itself was beautiful along the coastline and it was very well organised with lots of water and energy gel stops. Imogen, my 4 year old, even got to cross the line with me- which she loved!

Only 4 to go now! The next one is a local area one with my work mates on 31st October. Followed by 2 marathons on the Thames path at the beginning of November.'

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We wish Holly all the best for her 9th marathon on 31st October!

Please support her amazing challenge and donate via her Just Giving page here.

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Fundraising at Freshers Week & Kindness in Midwifery conference

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The University of Bradford Midwifery Society kick-started their busy fundraising year for APP in style with Freshers Week last month where they signed up lots of new members and donated % from each membership to APP - many thanks! 

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Looks like they had lots of fun recruiting new members to the society too!

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They are now very busy organising a conference with midwife, Ellie Durant called  'The kindness conference: Getting positive midwifery cultures to flourish' which is taking place on 11th November 2017. The Kindness Conference is being jointly planned and hosted by UoB Midwifery Society and any current or aspiring midwives should definitely get this in the diary!

They say:
'This conference is likely to be different from others you’ve attended. We’re not afraid of digging into the hard issues and talking about the realities of midwifery culture right now.

But we’ll also be sharing some of the most inspiring, insightful and clear ideas for improving midwifery culture as well as tools and techniques that you can use to support yourself in practice right now. We want you to feel supported in your work because you’ve learnt from the best at the conference.' Read more on their Facebook event page here.

Tickets are on sale now with discounted £5 tickets available for University of Bradford students and staff but these are strictly limited, with all the money being donated to APP! Please click here find out more about the event and to purchase tickets.

There will be a number of stalls on the day including our own APP stall and we look forward to meeting everyone there on the day! 

In the run up to the conference, Ellie is also doing a series of blog posts entitled 30 days of Kindness in Midwifery' which you can check out on her website here to understand more about some of the themes which will be covered at the conference.

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Fun Day event at The Barberry MBU!

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A lot of fun was had at The Barberry Centre Mother & Baby Unit's annual FUN DAY event on Sunday 3rd September! Arts and crafts, bouncy castle, face-painting, tea parties and lots more took over the the Rowheath Pavillion in Birmingham for the afternoon.

This year's theme was Alice in Wonderland (spot the Cheshire cat!) and by the looks of it everyone had a great day!

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 APP were delighted to have a stall at the Fun Day event and it was great to meet everyone and join in the fun - many thanks to our volunteer Katy as well!

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Jill runs the Royal Parks!

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Three cheers for Jill who successfully completed the Royal Parks half marathon on Sunday 8th October!  Jill lucked out on the weather with a fantastically sunny day on Sunday alongside the other 16,000 runners taking part, running through four of London's eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and finishing at Kensington Gardens. 

Jill said: 'Legs are a bit sore today but not as bad as I expected! Thanks for all the support and for all the work you’re doing with APP – I’m very privileged to have been able to play a small part!'

You can still donate via Jill's Virgin Money Giving page here - and a very big thank you to Jill!

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We did it!

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Congratulations to Rik & Hannah who successfully completed the Barns Green Half Marathon on 24th September!

They said:

'Thanks to all of you who have supported us and donated to this fabulous charity. We did it! It was a hot, hilly, lovely day with lots of other great charity runners we met along the way. Our official chip finish times were 2.11 and 1.59 - so very happy with that! So stiff I am struggling to get down stairs or walk in a straight line today!'

The donations are still coming in on their Just Giving site, please do donate what you can.

Hannah got in touch after the event and said:

'It's by far the furthest I have run since having children and I still ache today! We did it in a very respectable 2.11 and 1.59 ( Rik went ahead for the second half and I got chatting to some wonderful fundraisers for another great mental health charity ' young minds' )

Fundraising for App and Running in the App vest and talking to people about my experience was a really big thing for me and the whole event was very emotional. Having PP really tested Rik's and mine relationship and ultimately made it stronger - also I experienced PTSD after my PP hospital admission and it took a long time for me to really own the experience of having had Postpartum Psychosis and understand that it was not my fault. So running in a vest and talking to people about it was a real achievement in itself ( perhaps more so than the distance! )'

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What a great achievement for Hannah & Rik. Thank you both so much for supporting APP!

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Gill completes the Great North Run!

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A very BIG THANK YOU to Gill Wood for successfully completing the Great North Run on 10th September, in aid of APP!

Gill says:
'I have just about recovered now, I've been on a couple of short runs to get my legs moving again! I'm amazed at how generous everyone has been and I hope that the sponsorship really helps APP.'

We are so grateful to Gill and to everyone who donated and supported her along the way - and you can still donate via her Just Giving page here.

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...and if you're interested running the Great North Run next year (9 Sept 2018) then why not sign up to their reminder service and they'll send you an email as soon as the ballot opens!

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Thank you to the fundraisers of Derby!

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Warm thanks go to all those who donated items for a recent quiz & pop-up shop at The Leopard in Tutbury, also to the ladies at Helping Hands from Swadlincote who utilised all the remaining pop-up shop items at another table top sale for APP and finally to Alex and Heather Heron who hosted an annual barbeque (with blow up assault course!) for MVH Triathlon club at "Hoon Ridge" at the end of August.

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Heather said: 

"Great evening at Hoon Ridge even though the weather forced folks inside for some of the time. That said, it did not daunt those competitive types who wanted to win the massive, blue blow-up assault course race."

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The combined total raised for APP was £720. 

Wonderful support from all of our APP friends! Thank you so much.

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Two marathon runners on the same day!

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Catherine Labourn will be running the Brighton Marathon, she says:

'Having supported the charity by providing administrative assistance a few hours a week during my final year at University, I have observed first hand the incredible work of the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP.) Since then, I have known that my first marathon will be in aid of this important cause...My aim is to raise £1000 to help APP continue their fantastic and vital work, whilst improving awareness for the charity at the same time.'

Please support Catherine's fundraising and visit her Just Giving page here.

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Meanwhile, Nicholas Grindlay is taking on the Great Welsh Marathon, which is also (coincidentally!) taking place on the exact same day, Sunday 15th April! He says:

'I have chosen to run my first Marathon.  It was only in the last 12 months I started running with any intent and have managed to complete my first half marathon back in June 2017.  So I hope I now have plenty of time to make the step up to a full Marathon....This will be a massive challenge for me to complete a Marathon as a lot of you know I do like my food and it is already proven to be a tough mental challenge for me!'

Please donate what you can, and support Nicholas on his Just Giving page here.

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A very BIG Thank-You to both Nicholas and Catherine for undertaking their marathon challenges in aid of APP, we are very grateful for your support!

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6 down, 6 to go - Holly reaches half-way!

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A big CONGRATULATIONS to Holly Haywood who has reached the half way point in her challenge of completing 12 marathons in 12 months in aid of APP!

Holly bravely battled the heat and sunshine in August to complete her fifth and sixth marathons, and was joined by some of her colleagues to help her and keep her spirits up along the way. Holly says:

'The fifth marathon was on 1st August with my work mates. The route was much better, completing an out and back route. Really enjoying being closer to the half way challenge point!! The weather was hot, which is bad in the running world, feeling more drained and takes more of your energy to keep going. Have to thank my amazing friends Dave and Charlotte for again running with me step for step and keeping the 'good chat' along the way, despite my moments when I completely ignore them because I need every cell in my body to just focus on keeping going!!'

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Holly then took on her sixth marathon on 27th August in Woldingham, she said:

'It was a really tough run on Sunday though. 28 degrees the high and the route was not very shady. I managed to complete the half marathon as started feeling the effects of the sun. The route started from Woldingham school in Caterham and did a lap of the North Downs way. It was a trail run with lots of steep inclines. Not for the faint hearted!! 4 hours later I completed the half and was pleased to have some water and shade to recover!'

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We can't thank Holly enough for taking on this enormous challenge in aid of APP, especially battling through the heat in order to reach her half-way point, what an achievement already! 

Please donate what you can to support Holly's amazing challenge via her Just Giving page here.

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