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17 Oct 12

BabyCalm Sussex raised £450+ for PANDAS (Pre & Post Natal depression advice & support helpline)

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Written by Naomi Hits: 2184

On Thursday the 4th of October 2012 I spent a very busy morning hosting a HUGE charity coffee morning & raffle in Worthing to raise much needed funds for the very worthy charity - PANDAS (pre and post natal depression advice & support helpline 0843 28 98 401 www.pandasfoundation.org.uk).

I poured my heart & soul into organising the event and raising as much cash as possible as the cause is one so close to so many women and their families.  I was very shocked at the huge number of women who opened their hearts up to me about their challenging times in pregnancy & early parenting..... These brave and amazing mothers had suffered in relative silence believing themselves to be alone in their feelings.  It was lovely to hear many of them at the event saying how wonderful it was to meet other women who they could openly and safely share their true feelings with and I felt incredibly moved that I'd been able to help them find that space and time.  I will continue to provide a non-judgemental, safe & intimate place for new mothers to talk via my BabyCalm post natal (Mother & Baby) classes across Sussex.

For anyone who'd like to continue to talk through their experience & meet other families locally please also speak to my HypnoBirthing collegue HypnoMum - Claire Cornthwaite who is based in Hove and will be hosting monthly free PANDAS support groups. www.hypnomum.co.uk

The event was so well attended that I quickly realised the room was not quite big enough so lesson learnt and next time (yes, I am planning another event in the new year!) I will ensure that space is plentiful!

Local businesses were so kind and amazingly donated raffle prizes worth £1200 - There were over 40 prizes on the day - I am still gobsmacked at the generoustity! Please see the list and websites of the kind hearted local companies that supported the event at the bottom of the page.  If you contact them at anytime please mention BabyCalm Sussex!

The morning was an incredible success and a clear demonstration of what local communities of new parents can do as a team.  I would like to very publicly thank some special people who were extremely kind with their time especially Hayley & Lara who I dropped in the deep end manning the cafe! The most glam cake servers ever! Also Massive thanks to Silverson Therapies, Melanie's Therapies, Activ 8 and Rachel Coopers Photography www.rachelcoopersphotography.co.uk (check out her amazing pics on my BabyCalm Sussex Facebook Page) for their lovely tasters sessions and The Bra Lady/Mummy Looks Fab, Amy from Phoenix gifts and Linda Flack of Neals Yard for their stalls.  The cakes rocked too so a huge note of gratitude to Roundstone Farm Shop Coffee Room, Julia's Kitchen Findon, Dannikas Cakes, Mr B the Baker..... You are all the kindest Bakers in town - And not forgetting Belle's amazing Macaroons!

Prizes were very kindly donated by the following amazing companies - I wish you all huge sucsess in return for your fantastic support

BabyCalm goody bag (Worth £50)

ParentSkool Antenatal Classes (Worth £95)

BabyCalm Sussex mother & baby class voucher (Worth £50)

ToddlerCalm Sussex Voucher (Worth £50)

HypnoBirth Worthing Voucher (Worth £50)

Sunflower Mama – Mother & Baby Yoga & Massage voucher (Worth £42)

Melanies therapies – Massage plus £10 voucher

Silverson Therapies – Reflexology and aromatherapy

Samantha Milne Massage – Massage voucher

Mathemagical – ½ term of classes voucher

BuggyFit – 5 classes voucher

Birth, Baby & You – 5 Antenatal Yoga classes

Cuddle Monster Crafts – Handmade fleece baby blanket

Effective thoughts – 1 hour personal coaching session

Mummy Looks Fab - £25 voucher

Pheonix Gifts – Amy Bower

Sherrie Price – Temple Spa Pack

Raring2go – Sanctuary goodies

Families Sussex Coast Magazine – An 1/8 page Ad

Caterpillar Music – Free sessions

Nestle Coffee Machine & Coffee – Worth £110

CuddleMonster Crafts – Handmade beautiful blanket

Julie Ingham Art - A piece of stunning artwork

Dinki Dance event – A family ticket

Caterpillar Music – 5 sessions

Thomas a becket pub – Meal for 2

Montagues Tex Mex – Voucher

BabyLove – Graco Playmat

Emma Avon

Tin of heros

Little Impressions £30 gift voucher

Flawless Makeover

Shoreham Chiropractic Clinic

 

 

 

 

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