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December 2017

Christmas Survival List

When you are recovering from postnatal illness, the Christmas holiday period can feel very daunting as there is an unspoken wish for everything to be perfect!  The most important gift for yourself and your family is for you to be as well as you can be. At Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support our volunteers have come up with their top tips for surviving the festive period:

July 2017

London2Brighton fund raising

Our sincere thanks and admiration go to Kate and Danny Handley for raising a phenomenal amount of £630 after completing 66km of the London2Brighton Challenge 100km 2017!  Poor  Danny began to feel ill during the walk and after vomiting carried on with Kate for as long as was humanly possible.  Both of them had terrible blisters and it was after extreme exhaustion that finally Danny listened to his body and stopped!  Yvonne and I visited them the day before their daughter’s first birthday to take specialist foot creams!!  We thought a bit of pampering was the least HPIS could offer them both.  Listening to the courage of this incredible couple to keep walking for fourteen hours, we felt humbled listening to their story.  A huge thank you for all the help Kate and Danny have given to our charity!

June 2017

Siobhan – a truly amazing lady!

Siobhan first contacted our charity in February 2016. She was suffering with PND and found coping with her baby very difficult. She decided to take up the telephone support on a weekly basis. As the months passed she became stronger and stronger. Dealing with everyday issues became easier, and now she is fully recovered.
Siobhan was so grateful for all the support that she and her husband Oli decided to start training for the St Albans Half Marathon in order to raise some money for our charity. The 11th June 2017 was the big day! Despite the heat, they both managed to complete the course, with Oli coming in at just under 2 hours and Siobhan at 2 hours 20 minutes.
At the time of writing this, they have raised an incredible £600 which the charity will use to help other mums. This inspiring story goes to show that it is possible to recover from PND and amazing things can be achieved. Well done – we are so proud of you!


Abbots Langley Carnival Fundraising

We had a fantastic fundraising day at the Abbots Langley Carnival.  The sunshine brought out so many families who had great fun trying to hook a duck or win a bear on our Teddy Tombola. A huge thank you to all those families for giving us the teddy donations which helped us raise an outstanding amount of £542.40!  A big thank you also to all our wonderful volunteers who organised the day and helped out.  Your energy and enthusiasm made the day a huge success!

May 2017

Husband & Wife fundraising for the charity

Siobhan and her husband Oli are support the charity by running the St Albans half marathon on 11th June.

Please sponsor them by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/siobhanscamans1


Donations help us purchase equipment for Thumbswood

Thanks to all the donations received at our fundraising events, we are very pleased to have been able to provide equipment to Thumbswood Mother and baby unit.

Here is a quote from Mina Chauhan, Team Secretary at Thumbswood.

“On behalf of all the staff and mums at Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your generosity and personal commitment to the unit.

Thank you for the money that you have donated to our unit, from that money we have bought garden furniture, please see the attached pictures.

We are very touched by the efforts of all the your volunteer and trustees.”

May 2017

Super mum running to raise funds for the charity

Kate Handley has volunteered to walk 100km in one day to raise funds for the charity.  The London 2 Brighton walk, which commences on 27th May 2017 from Richmond, London, follows a route along the Thames before traveling southwards through the countryside to reach Brighton.

New mum Kate, who received support from the charity following a battle with postnatal anxiety was keen to give something back.

We wish Kate all the best for the day and please ask you to support Kate on her journey by sponsoring as much or little as you can.  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/katehandley

Read more of Kate’s story.


April 2017

Yvonne and Holly AKA Bobby Bear

Charlotte and Bobby Bear

Fundraising for the charity in Morrisons

Raising awareness of the charity

The fundraising team organised an excellent collection on April 29th thanks to Morrisons Watford!

The day was very special to our Chair Charlotte, whose daughter Holly dressed up as Bobby the Bear for the first time with her mum. She has already asked if she can do it again next year, as she loved all the attention of being the bear!

Everyone had a lot of fun greeting children and adults with Bobby. Our charity bear brought a smile to many people’s faces and shrieks of joy from many children.

The hard work of all our volunteers meant £305 was raised from this collection. Thank you to everyone at Morrisons and all our volunteers for making the day such a success.

March 2017

New support service for ill mums

Herts Valleys CCG Announces the launch of a new service by CAMHS to support pregnant women and those with young babies suffering with mental health problems.

Please help us spread the word across Hertfordshire sites.

We are so so excited to see this on twitter today. Knowing that our charity has wanted this for over 13 years.

We are delighted that mothers and families will get amazing help within the community by an a amazing team of passionate professionals.

Read more about the service


January 2017

How fundraising has made a difference

Thanks to our donations througout the year we have been able to purchase corporate items such as outdoor flags, tshirts, hoodies, pens etc so that we could attend more events and NCT new mum fairs- to reach more families in need of support.

We have also been able to provide services and equipment to the secure mother and baby unit, Thumbswood.

We offer mums a chance to relax and enjoy pampering sessions. We have also provided mums and babies with a relaxing area to spend time together with state of the art equipment in the new sensory room. In the spring we will also be providing the garden area with outdoor garden furniture to enable mums the chance to spend time outside.

All this could not be possible without the money we receive, and the support and hardwork of our volunteers.


October 2016

HPIS Charity 1980’s disco

The annual event was a great success, raising a large amount of our annual funds. A great night was had by all -filled with dodgy dance routines, big 80’s classic tunes almost as big as some of the hairstyles!


July 2016

Mum runs half marathon to raise money for HPIS

Charity volunteer, Enqin ran her 1st half Marathon and thanks to all her sponsorship, was able to raise a whooping £800 for the Charity.

Thanks to Enquin’s dedication and hard work we were able to order garden furniture for the Thumbswood garden and pamper equipment for mums at the mother and baby unit.




June 2016

Abbots Langley Carnival

Our facepainting and teddy tombola stand at the Abbots Langley Carnival was very busy and we were delighted to give most of our teddies new loving homes.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.


March 2016

Shake A Tin – Morrisons 2016

A brilliant day raising awareness at Asda Hatfield. Bobby bear got lots of cuddles and high fives from all the children. We raising an amazing £375.00. Thank you for supporting the charity.

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October 2015

1980’s Disco 2015

Our annual disco was a raving success and the fancy dress costumes were amazing. Thank you everyone involved for making it a great night and for the super raffle prizes which were donated to raise funds for the charity.



September 2015

Opening of Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit

HPIS Charity were delighted to be invited to the opening of the new secure mother and baby unit -Thumbswood.

The new centre includes 8 ensuite bedrooms and communal areas such as kitchen, dining room, lounge and a large garden area.

The charity were delighted to be able to supply state of the art equipment for the sensory room with donations and fundraising funds.

Read the article:Thumbswood Open day

Read article on Watford Observer website