Huge thanks to Suki Gregory for raising funds for APNI by running two half-marathons recently, Bristol on 21st September and Cricklade on 5th October, raising over £700 so far.  Suki wrote: Our friend Emma passed away in 2011 after suffering horrendously with Post Natal Illness.  Despite asking for help, the right care was not available to her. According to Freedom of Information Act responses from 193 NHS trusts across England, only 50 provide a specialist perinatal mental health service for new mothers.  Government health advisers recommended 7 years ago that such care should be made available everywhere.  Sadly, quality mental health care in the UK is a postcode lottery.

The charter for better mental health is a campaign seeking better access to specialist perinatal mental health services everywhere.  I am running to raise awareness and funding for The Association for Post Natal Illness, who are a charity which offers support for sufferers and their families.  I am running to raise awareness in memory of Emma for The Association for Post-natal Illness because 1 in 10 new mums suffer with post natal illness.