Music 4 Mums: Harmonics Community Choir

Many thanks to Harmonics Community Choir and Tutbury Village for their support of Music4Mums. Here's a report from their musical evening. 

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Wow! Tutbury has its very own Gareth Malone. What a tremendous village event this was in support of APP's Music4Mums: a choir full of life and harmony and some amazing solo performances by young and not so young singers. 

You just had to be there to feel the joy and the coming together in support of APP.

Steve Mitchell, Tutbury's charismatic Choirmaster and his wife, Jenny, led not only the choir but also such rousing community singing that the rafters lifted off Tutbury's Old School Hall. 

Warm thanks go to Elaine Williams - the ever bubbly organiser of the event who, once she heard of APP's Music4Mums, seized the initiative and managed to gather together a team of willing bakers, tea servers, clearers, raffle prize givers and all manner of helpers to make it a truly memorable event.

To give a flavour, the local landlady, Kaz McLean of The Leopard, Tutbury socking "Goodness Gracious : Great Balls of Fire!" to the assembled; a nervous young George (Williamson) beautifully singing "Candle in the Wind" and an absolute star in the making called Eleanor Cawser giving the most poignant, unaccompanied rendition of an Etta James number, "All I could do was cry" and so much more talent besides.

The audience, including babe in arms, Olivia were delighted by the amazing voice of 15-year-old Lilly Prince (whose grandmas both recently joined Harmonics Community Choir) when she sang, “Part of that world” from The Little Mermaid.

More than one audience member, including some burly-looking chaps, were seen to wipe a tear from their eye when Caroline Potterton (whose grandma, Veronica is also a Harmonics soprano) sang, “On My Own” from Les Misérables and all the guest performers and audience joined in when the choir sang, “I Dreamed a Dream”.

Throughout the tea break Adrian Blamire (APP's Treasurers husband) serenaded us in such rich tones that it was clear he was being talent- scouted by the choir committee and would not be let out alive without signing - up !

At the end of the evening, APP volunteer, Heather Heron, spoke about the charity's work and thanked all for their kindness and support in affording her the opportunity to raise awareness of PP and funds for APP. 

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Music 4 Mums: Ripon Community Orchestra Play Along!

ripon-orchestra-2-19-06-15-1Dust off your instruments, Ripon Community Orchestra are holding a ‘Come & Play Session’ in Bishop Monkton Village Hall, near Harrogate. 

The orchestra  ‘invites players from all walks of life to come and enjoy an afternoon tackling Beethoven’s 1st Symphony.’

The afternoon concludes with a play-through performance of the piece at 5pm and spectators/listeners are welcome! There will be a collection for APP. 

The Play Along takes place on Sunday 7th May 2017 at Bishop Monkton Village Hall, 2.30-5.30pm and we are very grateful to the Orchestra for supporting Music 4 Mums! 

Contact us for more info. 

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Meet Our Amazing Sporty Fundraisers

sportyThere's so much athletic activity going on! All links go to fundraising pages where available so please click through, read their stories and support their fantastic endeavours. 

Thanks and good luck to you all.

hollyhbrightonCongratulations to Holly Haywood who ran the Brighton Marathon on 9th April in 5h 46m in blazing heat! Only 10 more marathons to go

Congratulations also to KT who completed the London Marathon at the weekend, raising £4,000 for APP.  We're waiting to hear more about her experience. 

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If you're taking on a challenge for APP please let us know. Email fundraising@app-network.org 

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Music 4 Mums: London Piano Recital

wasaWe are delighted to announce that award-winning pianist Waka Hasegawa has agreed to give a recital at St John's Church, London Waterloo on 3rd May.

Programme:
Handel, The Harmonious Blacksmith
Beethoven, Sonata No. 14 Op.27-2 “Moonlight Sonata”
Chopin, Nocturnes Op.9 No.2 & Op.27 No.2 & Waltzes Op.64 No.1 & Op. 69 No.1
Liszt, Liebesträume No.2 (Dreams of Love)
Piazzolla, Adios Nonino "Tango Rhapsody"

There will be an interval with refreshments and a silent auction too. 

Waka is a friend of APP member, Benedicte Waaler, who has done a fantastic job organising this high profile event so swiftly and now we all need to help her promote it.

Tickets are £15 +bkg with all proceeds to APP. The concert will be followed by an auction. BOOK TICKETS HERE and please spread the word. 

Find out more about our Music 4 Mums fundraising initiative in May here. 

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Comic Relief Fund PP Peer Support

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APP Director Jess proudly wearing a red nose alongside Ruth from Bluebell Care and Alison and Shabira from Best Beginnings, who have also received Comic Relief support.

On Red Nose Day 2017, we're thrilled to announce that Comic Relief have awarded APP a grant of £120,000 to part-fund our peer support service from 1 March for 30 months.

This will fund paid time for our Peer Support Coordinators and workshops to train new Peer Support Volunteers.

We are delighted with this news but it's only one part of the funding jigsaw. We are working on a new application to the Big Lottery, alongside other Trusts & Foundations. Our new health professional training, with lived experience speakers, will help raise extra cash and we have events planned throughout the year starting with Music 4 Mums around World Maternal Mental Health day.

Your support continues to be vital, allowing us to help women & families, whilst we secure further funding. It has been a powerful way to demonstrate to funders the need for our charity and the commitment of our supporters.

Thank you and a big THANK YOU to Comic Relief. Please enjoy Red Nose Day and don't forget to donate! 

 

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Ruth & Sally's Big Welsh Swim

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Sally suffered with postpartum psychosis following the birth of her daughter in 2015.

It was a terrifying experience that Sally has fought hard and shown immense determination to overcome. Two years on, Sally and friend Ruth will plunge into a freezing cold Welsh lake this summer in celebration of her recovery and to raise money for APP. They say: 

"We are setting ourselves this challenge in solidarity with the incredible bravery of every single woman who has experienced this frightening illness. We also want to honour the partners, families and friends who are affected. Our aim is to raise oodles of cash to fund further research, better information and support for sufferers of PP. So please, please dig deep and support a charity that helps women and their families recover from this devastating illness, thank-you!"

Please support their Big Welsh Swim. 

You can read about and listen to Sally and husband Jamie's story in this powerful episode of BBC Radio Wales Eye on Wales programme. 

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Who's up for the Royal Parks Half Marathon?

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For the first time, APP has been awarded TWO places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Race day is Sunday 8th October, so more than 6 months to get in training. They say, 

"This stunning central London half marathon, 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."

We need two keen runners and fundraisers to get involved. Could it be you? Email app@app-network.org to express interest and let us know why you want to run for APP.  

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London Marathon Training Update!

image16 weeks and counting!!! An update from Katie. 
 
The reality of the marathon is really beginning to dawn on me now and whilst I am excited for the day, the long training runs are not so thrilling. I am trying to vary my training routes and I know from experience that I run faster in urban environments than in parks so I've been exploring parts of London that I've not really visited before to entertain me whilst I run. The donations I've received so far have been a massive boost to my motivation and a real focus when my legs start to ache or boredom kicks in! I've been so touched by the messages from families that have suffered from PP and it makes me very proud to be running for such an important cause.
 
My weekly training plan focuses on a long run first thing on Saturday morning (this week will be 18 miles), a personal training session on Sunday morning concentrating on weights and interval training and then during the week I do a combination of running home from work and reformer pilates. Given my age and post baby body(!) my main goal during training is to strengthen and prevent against injury. My biggest fear is that I will get injured ahead of the big day so it has to be a slow and steady build up. 
 
So for now it's four more weeks of 18 plus mile runs and then the slightly better phase of tapering my distance and carb loading can begin! 
 
Thank you again to all those who have sponsored - it is truly appreciated.
 
Sponsor Katie here
 
Come with Team APP to cheer her on by joining our Facebook event here

 

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Deborah to Plunge into Great North Swim

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Deborah Page, Clinical Team Leader of Perinatal Mental Health at Leeds MBU, will find out in June as she braves the Great North Swim to raise money for APP!

Please support Deborah by sponsoring her via this JustGiving page. 

She says 'Women with lived experience of this cruel illness, give their time to support other mothers and we professionals hand out leaflets provided by APP offering advice and support to supplement the work we do. APP have supported and advised on policy and service development to improve access to services for families. They continue to support us in trying to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of post natal mental illness. Stigma and guilt are the biggest barriers to women accessing support. Please give what little you can. It all helps. Thank you so much. Deborah'

APP's Regional Rep Coordinator, Hannah, has worked with Deborah at Leeds MBU and says:

"My visit to the unit was the first meeting I had as a Regional Rep and I got a really warm welcome.  I saw the APP Insider Guides and posters I had taken along were put out and displayed as one of the Doctors showed me around.  It was great to hear that they felt they'd soon be taken by patients and families, as some other copies had long since gone!

Chatting about my experiences, especially around my 2nd pregnancy, it really struck me that general and maternity professionals weren't as aware of the service as they might be. I didn't know at the time, but they would have seen me if only my care team had known to refer me! It was such an honour to be asked by Deborah to speak at the launch of the new Yorkshire and Humber Perinatal Mental Health Outreach service in March 2016 and to share my story with over 100 attendees."

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Team MBU Complete Half-Marathon for APP

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A big congratulations and thank you to the team at Bethlem Royal Hospital Mother and Baby Unit who successfully completed the Hampton Court Half Marathon on 19 February 2017 and have raised over £2000 for APP!

What a fantastic achievement from everyone involved in helping to raise funds for APP, which also included a cake sale back in December last year. 

They say: "We survived the run! Still keeping our JustGiving page open for this week for a final push for donations. We have raised over £2000!!!"

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A special thanks to the runners of Team MBU and also to everyone who helped to raise awareness and achieve such a brilliant result!

Please visit their JustGiving page where you can still donate for this week.

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