Laura Kirkpatrick and her sister Helen Long are undertaking several challenges this year to raise funds for APP. They have completed a Tough Warrior event, Laura has run the Great North 10K and both of them will be running the Great North Run in early September.
'I experienced postpartum Psychosis after the birth of my second child Lucy. She was 6 weeks old when I was admitted to the Beadnall Mother and Baby Unit in Morpeth. It was there that I received excellent support from the APP peer support worker Sharon Bell. Sharon was there to support me and my family, speaking often on the phone with my mum to help ease her mind that I was going to recover. She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to and she was very reassuring and supportive. It was also reassuring looking at the information on the website and reading stories from other mums who had suffered and recovered from postpartum psychosis.
To raise money for APP my sister and I completed Total Warrior in June which was hard but really fun! We will also run the Great North Run in September. We wanted to raise money for APP to ensure they can continue to provide the support to other mums suffering with postpartum psychosis and we have raised over £1400 between us so far.'
Thank you so much to both Laura and Helen for taking on these challenges and thank you to everyone who has donated to support them so far.
You can read more about their stories and support Laura and her sister Helen here: