12:30PM, Saturday 09 August 2014
The second annual Windsor Pramathon takes place on Friday.
It starts at 9.30am and will see 30 people walking the length of the Long Walk with or without a pram in aid of the PANDAS Foundation - a small charity ran entirely by volunteers who support individuals and families suffering from pre and postnatal mental illness. They run a helpline, support groups and an online community.
The Pramathon is being organised again this year by Maidenhead mum Gemma Stephenson, who suffered severe post natal depression, anxiety and psychosis after the birth of Molly, now three.
Gemma said: “Last year we raised over £1,000 for PANDAS. This year the charity has been even more in demand as awareness has been raised. So we need the funds now more than ever to continue supporting mums like me.”
This year’s event will end with a picnic in the park to celebrate PANDAS turning three this month.
Gemma said: “Finding others at PANDAS who said ‘me too’ when I felt so alone helped me to recover. The charity started a few months after my daughter was born so they are both three years old and both mean the world to me. I want others to know they are not alone and ‘It’s ok not to be ok’.”
To get more details or to register to do the walk and collect sponsors contact Gemma - firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/windsorpramathonandpicnic2014. To find out more about PANDAS visit www.pandasfoundation.org.uk.
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