Birth­day pam­per party for char­ity which helps mums

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A CHAR­ITY which helps mums with post­na­tal de­pres­sion held a pam­per party to raise funds.

The SMILE Group wel­comed more than 100 peo­ple to its fourth birth­day fundraiser at Fresh in Macclesfield and raised in ex­cess of £1,000.

Eleven holis­tic ther­a­pists and beauty ex­perts came to­gether to sup­port the char­ity, which helps fam­i­lies in Cheshire af­fected by post­na­tal ill­ness, of­fer­ing sam­ple treat­ments in­clud­ing re­flex­ol­ogy, In­dian head mas­sage, mini man­i­cures and brow shap­ing.

The SMILE Group was set up by two Macclesfield mums, Ruth Eglin and Natalie Nut­tall on Mother’s Day in 2011 and re­lies solely on grant fund­ing and dona­tions to run its weekly peer sup­port ses­sions in Hurds­field and Con­gle­ton.

They es­tab­lished the char­ity when they both had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of post­na­tal de­pres­sion and found there was a gap in sup­port for mums.

Ruth said: “We were thrilled to see such an ex­cel­lent turnout and were blown away by the sup­port.

“Self-care is of­ten at the back at the queue when you are look­ing af­ter young chil­dren but if you don’t take time out it can have a detri­men­tal im­pact on mood. Our event was a re­minder of the im­por­tance of pam­per time and also raised valu­able fund­ing to en­able us to sup­port fam­i­lies af­fected by post­na­tal de­pres­sion.”

The evening was spon­sored by com­mer­cial prop­erty de­vel­oper Quo­rum and sup­ported by Cheshire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

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