Jenny and family are fundraising for APP 10 years on

Jenny Stevenson and a team of family members have been clocking up some ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ 10 years after Jenny experienced postpartum psychosis (PP).

Jenny experienced PP after the birth of her first son, Toby, in 2012. Admission to the Brockington Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in Stafford, prompt specialist treatment, and good support from family and friends all aided a relatively quick recovery. Peer support, via APP’s online forum and reading personal experiences and stories on APP’s website, subsequently played a huge role in helping Jenny to come to terms with what had happened. Jenny attended an APP volunteer event the following year and trained as a peer support volunteer at the beginning of 2015. She is now working as one of APP’s National Peer Support Coordinators.

Jenny wanted to mark the 10 year milestone by raising some money and awareness for APP. She decided to take on a ‘Miles for Mums and Babies’ fundraising challenge between the dates she was an inpatient on the MBU (exactly one month) in 2012. The initial target was to jog and walk 37 miles during the month, the distance from her home to the MBU. With help from family members, the hope was to double this distance and cover the return journey.

At the time of writing, Jenny’s team (Jenny, Toby, Jenny’s mum, sister and brother-in-law) has so far jogged, walked and swum over 250 miles between them. They have raised over £1000 for APP so far, and by asking people to donate via the Big Give, which is match-funding donations until the end of July, APP will receive double the amount raised.

Jenny says, “I’m delighted we’ve already raised so much money for APP and that the money raised via the Big Give will be used to help grow the peer support service. Peer support is vital to so many women and families affected by postpartum psychosis – I see first hand the positive difference it makes.”

Donations can be made via the Big Give until the end of July at the following link (with double the amount received by APP): Supporting women affected by postpartum psychosis (thebiggive.org.uk)