Local mum runs metric marathon for perinatal service

11 October 2018

A Cheshire mother has raised money for the Cheshire and Merseyside Specialist Perinatal Mental health Service, by running the Chester Metric Marathon on Sunday 7 October. 

Rhiannon Bevan, a 34 year-old marketing executive originally from London, who now lives in Ellesmere Port, raised £585 for the service. This was after it provided invaluable support to her after the birth of her son, Max. 

The Cheshire and Merseyside Perinatal Mental Health Service provides mental health support to new mothers in the area. It is jointly provided by CWP, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust. 

Speaking before her marathon effort, Rhiannon was clear in her ambition. 

She said: "I just want to return the favour, by helping them as they helped me. They were really a fantastic help to me.

"I did not have to spend anything for the help that I received. I also want to help raise awareness of the service as well.

"I honestly can't put a value on the service," she continued, "I was prepared for possible postnatal depression, and I think most people are aware of that. But, I didn't know about the perinatal service. When I was referred, I had a specialist occupational therapist called Leanne Davies, who would come to my house once a week. She was reliable, contactable and just invaluable to me. The service saved my life really."

Tania Stanway, CWP consultant psychiatrist, is delighted by Rhiannon's progress and humbled by her desire to raise money for the service. 

She said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Rhiannon is doing so well. It was a pleasure to be able to help her. Even as she worked on her own recovery, she was already thinking about how she wanted to use her own experience to help others. It really is a testament to her strength as a person."

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