Search

Charity walk aims to raise funds to help those with baby blues

PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 October 2017

Last year's East London Big Push (Picture: Belinda Ngugi)

Last year's East London Big Push (Picture: Belinda Ngugi)

Belinda Ngugi

A parenting charity wants to show that raising money for good causes can be a walk in the park.

The National Childbirth Trust’s (NCT) Newham branch is hosting the East London Big Push, a five kilometre walk or buggy stroll through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Organisers hope the event on Sunday, October 15 will raise thousands to support those affected by postnatal depression and mental health services for new parents.

“This will be a fun event organised by NCT parents in one of the world’s most iconic parks,” said the chairwoman of NCT’s Newham branch, Kelly Drake.

“When a woman has a baby we think it should be the most amazing time, but for some it is clouded by feelings of a lack of control, heightened anxiety and an inability to cope.

“Having kids is amazing, but we all need help and support.”

Postnatal depression, also called the ‘baby blues’, affects more than one in 10 women within a year of giving birth, according to the NHS. It can also affect fathers and partners, but this is less common.

“Recovery started when I got brave enough to own what I was going through,” said Stratford mother-of-two Lee Raggett. “Taking off the mask and allowing how I was feeling to be seen started the process.”

Her husband, Jonathan, said: “I will never forget how difficult it was to watch the person I love fall into such a darkness and feel utterly powerless, but I also remember the huge impact that getting help brought.”

The stroll is open to all ages and abilities with walkers encouraged to bring a picnic for after the family-themed event.

There is a £5 registration fee for adults, while children are free. All participants will receive a goody bag.

The event coincides with a month-long social media campaign aiming to break the stigma around postnatal depression, which can stop women and new parents from seeking help.

It will also try to explain the symptoms of PND, with advice on how to spot signs of depression in friends, family and loved ones, and give information on approaching doctors for help.

The NCT supports thousands of parents each year through its more than 300 local branches.

To register, click here.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

18:00

Austrian also won signing of the season and players’ player of the season at Hammers’ awards night

15:30

The Chelmsford club head to the Ageas Bowl looking to make it back-to-back wins in the 2018 County Championship Division One

Jamie Porter

The former Gillingham manager is confident his players will bounce back from the 1-0 loss at home to Maidenhead United

Justin Edinburgh

Anthony McGrath’s team got off the mark last weekend and will be boosted by the availability of an England legend this week

Jamie Porter

The Old Manor Park Library is hosting an open day on Saturday.

London
12:30

SSE Wildcats has provided “a real buzz in Essex” as it aims to provide girls aged 5-11 with regular inspirational opportunities to have fun, make friends and play in an engaging environment.

12:00

Joe Hart, on loan from Pep Guardiola’s men, is ineligible for east Londoners’ Premier League game against Citizens

The Jubilee line is now running but with serious delays to all stations.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now