Getting ready for #GivingTuesday!

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APP is gearing up for this year's #givingtuesday taking place on Tuesday 28th November! Calling on all our amazing APP supporters to do something good next Tuesday to raise much  needed funds for APP... 

#givingtuesday is the day to do good stuff for charity and is a growing global movement now spanning five continents. But the heart of #GivingTuesday is community action. The UK joined the movement in May 2014. Since then, the day has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days for charities, raising millions of pounds for good causes.

There are lots of fun activities you can do, such as:

  • host a bake sale with friends, at home or in the workplace
  • do a sponsored run, jog or even just a walk around your local area
  • organise a coffee morning with your very own Bake Off!
  • or why not take this as a perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac and have your own garage sale, or, get together with friends to host a jumble sale!  
  • and for lots of other ideas visit the #givingtuesday website 

Or...you can donate directly via the APP CAF #givingtuesday campaign via here or by clicking on the donate button below:

 

 A donation of just £5 enables us to send a copy of each of our 3 Insider Guides to a woman experiencing Postpartum Psychosis, her partner or family, to provide vital information and signposting to support.

Get involved and let us know what you are doing for #givingtuesday or email us for more information. Thanks!

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Helping Hands for APP at Christmas charity fair!

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APP, supported by some of the women from “Helping Hands” of Swadlincote , manned 2 stalls at a charity Xmas fair on Saturday 11th November in Rosliston village hall. Piles of bargains were there to be grabbed including APP charity cards. Delicious lunches were served by Helping Hands’ friends with proceeds from these going to other charities.

Warm thanks go to all the ladies from Helping Hands - especially to “Mrs Motivator”- Angela and to Janet for all the hard work. Also: to all of APP’s steadfast friends who managed, yet again, to donate enough items for further sales.

A special thanks go to our little gofers on the day: Anna and Robert Tiffney who were great fun and endlessly helpful to all. (Blowing up APP ‘s purple balloons does get tedious after a while !)

Sue Blamire, APP’s Treasurer, did a great job with Adrian on the day, and managed to bank just over £300 for APP’s funds. A wonderful sum in a very short time and for just 2 charity stalls! Thank you all. 

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Volunteer Team

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Holly runs the Thames Meander!

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Great news as Holly has completed her 9th (yes, ninth!) marathon in aid of APP! Holly is taking on the amazing challenge of running 12 marathons in just 12 months and now has only 3 marathons left to run...

On Saturday 4th November Holly ran her 9th marathon, the Thames Meander, with a friend she met there last year. She said:

"The weather was wet to start but dried up in the afternoon. Unfortunately the Thames had flooded the path in parts so we had an extra 1k detour and very soggy feet! Time to be announced but around the 5hours 40min mark. 
 
Imogen crossed the line with me again (her favourite thing to do!) 
 
So glad to get Marathon 9 done and next one is next weekend at the Remembrance Marathon along the Thames. 
 
Wish me luck
 
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Please support Holly's fantastic marathon challenge via her Just Giving page here. Big thanks to Holly for her dedication and fantastic achievement so far, and well done to Imogen too, for her continued support at the finish line!
 
We wish Holly all the best for marathon number 10, as she takes on the  Remembrance Marathon on Saturday 11th November along the Thames, and hope for slightly less soggy feet this time!
 
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Fundraising evening at Royal College of Psychiatrists!

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists have organised a fantastic fundraising evening in aid of APP, taking place on Wednesday 15th November at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB.

Everybody is welcome to attend the event but please book your tickets in advance! Click here for the ticket link.

The event starts at 6.30pm and you can 'Enjoy a recital from Internationally renowned concert pianist Waka Hasegawa and a performance from dance movement psychotherapist, Gerry Harrison. The evening includes buffet supper and drinks with £10 of each ticket sale donated to APP. During the event there will be additional opportunities to support APP.'

Find out more and book your tickets here.

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APP reflects on 'I’m Fine' PMH training in Devon

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APP were delighted to be invited to take part in the Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s ‘I’m Fine’ perinatal mental health training events earlier this year. The three ‘I’m Fine’ training days took place in various locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and were aimed at any front line staff who might come into contact with a women in the perinatal period to understand how to manage people respectfully and assist them; to recognise that when women say ‘I’m fine’ they might not in truth mean this.

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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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Welsh Government Report into Perinatal Mental Health in Wales

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Dr Jess Heron, Director of APP, says:

"The situation for Welsh families who develop Postpartum Psychosis has been totally inadequate. Mums who become ill in Wales have had to make the decision between being separated from their baby for treatment in a General Adult Unit, where specialist knowledge and appropriate facilities are lacking, or being transferred to a specialist Mother & Baby Unit in England, miles away from their partners, families and support networks. The recommendations made here are a positive step forward for Wales, and give us real optimism for the future."

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A visit to Buckingham Palace on World Mental Health Day!

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Congratulations to Emily Slater, Director of the Everyone's Business Campaign, who received a very special invitation to attend Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day.

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