Pam­per party will help in fight against post­na­tal de­pres­sion

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A GROUP set up by two friends to help with post­na­tal de­pres­sion is or­gan­is­ing a pam­per event to help mums feel good.

The SMILE Group was set up six years ago by mums Natalie Nut­tall and Ruth Eglin after they both ex­pe­ri­enced post­na­tal de­pres­sion and felt pas­sion­ate about the need for par­ents to ben­e­fit from peer sup­port.

The char­ity works closely with other PND charities and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It has peer sup­port groups op­er­at­ing out of chil­dren’s cen­tres in Mac­cles­field, Con­gle­ton and Sand­bach and of­fers vir­tual sup­port via so­cial me­dia.

SMILE Group is host­ing a pam­per party to show the ben­e­fits of pam­per­ing for mums.

They will en­cour­age peo­ple to feel the ben­e­fits of mini holis­tic treat­ments at the fundrais­ing event, tak­ing place at Fresh in Mac­cles­field on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

Pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of well­be­ing and self-care, the char­ity is invit­ing guests to en­joy an evening of pam­per­ing with a glass of fizz, sam­ple well­be­ing treat­ments and canapes, as well as a raf­fle.

So­phie Kirk, project co-or­di­na­tor for SMILE Group, said: “On the back of the suc­cess of our last pam­per event, we’re en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to en­joy an evening of in­dul­gence.

“There is a deeper mes­sage about the im­por­tance of nur­tur­ing emo­tional well­be­ing, given that we are a char­ity that sup­ports and sign­posts fam­i­lies in the lo­cal area af­fected by peri­na­tal men­tal ill­ness, such as pre and post­na­tal anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.”

The event is be­ing sup­ported by Cheshire­based, Jour­neys of Hope, co-founded by Ann Gir­ling and Rachel Red­shaw.

Twelve ther­a­pists from the lo­cal area spe­cial­is­ing in a range of treat­ments, from reiki to re­flex­ol­ogy, man­i­cures and deep tis­sue mas­sage, will be on hand to pro­vide treat­ments, which are pulled out of the hat on en­try to add an el­e­ment of sur­prise.

At­ten­dees can ben­e­fit from short tu­to­ri­als in mind­ful­ness and yoga in the ‘Zen Pod’ to ad­vice on how to ease stress and pro­mote emo­tional well­be­ing.

The evening will also in­volve the op­por­tu­nity to win prizes in a char­ity raf­fle, in­clud­ing din­ing vouch­ers for Pic­col­ino, a beer pre­sen­ta­tion pack from The Bolling­ton Brew­ing Co, a Ted Baker satchel and a host of holis­tic treat­ments.

Rachel Red­shaw, from Jour­neys of Hope said: “We’re de­lighted to be sup­port­ing SMILE Group’s event as we share the same vi­sion to help fam­i­lies strug­gling with PND.”

Go to vir­gin­money giv­ing.com/fund/ smilepam­per­party to buy tick­ets for the event.

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