A LYMM mum is running the London Marathon for Mind to highlight how exercise can help people overcome post natal depression.
Jennifer Emmess, 31, is hoping raise nearly £2000 for the mental health charity by running the 26.2 mile race on Sunday April 26th.
Jennifer, a nurse, who is mum to Harry, four, and Eva, two, says she knows only too well the benefits running or any exercise in general can have if you are suffering from depression.
She said: “ I think there should be more information out there about how exercise can help, particularly with women who have just had children.
“Medication is often needed, but I believe exercise should play a key role in a woman’s treatment plan alongside this.
“Even if it’s just getting out for a brisk walk. This can be very hard if you are feeling low, so friends and family need to help and encourage it as much as they can.
“By supporting Mind I want to reinforce the message that exercise really is important. I know from being a mum myself that you need that time to yourself.
“I want to encourage women to share how they might be feeling so that they can get on the road to feeling better, rather than suffering in silence.”
Jennifer has to raise a total of £1750 and is only £400 off reaching her target, having arranged cake sales and a Tropic skin care party to boost her appeal.
Next week, along with her friend Clare Singleton, 41, she is putting on a Mothball event at the Spread Eagle pub in Lymm.
Tickets cost £10 for the event on April 11th and guests can either come along in their wedding dress, or a bridesmaids dress, or simply dress as they would do for a wedding.
She said: “I hope plenty of people can come along to support me and enjoy a good drink and a dance. I will be on water though as I have the race two weeks later!”
Jennifer had only ever run six miles when she decided to sign up to the event last October, and has had some setbacks in training, hurting her foot and knee which has meant she’s needed to rest for the last four weeks.
But she’s determined to cross the finish line and says when she struggles she thinks about how far she has come from barely exercising at all to doing a marathon.
She explained: “So far my longest run has been 14 miles and for the last mile I could barely put one foot in front of the other.
“But I just tell myself to dig deep, think about how the money I raise will help people who really are struggling, and remember how running has helped me feel strong and positive.
“I was on target to finish in four hours before my injury but I don’t think I’ll make that now, but as long as I cross the finish line I will be really happy.”
The Mothball event is at the Spread Eagle, Lymm, on April 11th from 8pm, tickets £10.
To sponsor Jennifer go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenniferEmmess