After watching documentary ‘My baby, Psychosis and Me’ on BBC One in February, Rachel Britton was inspired to do something to support the mother and baby unit at Melbury Lodge in Winchester.
The unit, which appeared in the documentary, is one of just 15 in the country and is provided by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. It provides specialist mental health care to mums experiencing severe mental health problems, including postpartum psychosis, following the birth of their baby. The unit is uniquely designed to keep mother and baby together, allowing for vital bonding to take place.
For Rachel, the documentary struck a cord. Though lucky to have not experienced postpartum psychosis herself, she admired the care offered at the unit and felt motivated to do something to support the work that it does.
Rachel has arranged to do a fundraising walk from Salisbury to Winchester along the Clarendon Way. Since coming up with the idea, seven other mums in the area have joined forces with Rachel and will complete the walk with her on Saturday 21 May.
Rachel is currently setting up an online fundraising page. If you would like to support her cause, please email email@example.com for more details.