Close friends of tragic young mum Rosy Hinchliffe, who died six days after giving birth when she fell from Whitby cliffs, have launched a ‘life-long’ fund and awareness raising mission in her memory.
Former Shelley High School pupil Kerstin and her husband Stephen Botham are to put on a host of events for Action Postpartum Psychosis, the charity dedicated to tackling the mental health condition they and Rosy’s close family believe led to her unexpected death.
The couple’s first major event will be an all-day ‘purple party’ charity auction and raffle at the Clothiers Arms in Stocksmoor from 3pm on May 31.
They will also compete in the Northwest Triathlon in September as part of their bid to prevent similar incidents occurring among new mothers in the future.
Rosy, 28, was due to be a bridesmaid at the couple’s wedding on November 9 2013 but died following an 80ft fall from near Whitby Abbey after taking a taxi from her home in Boothtown, Halifax at around 4am on November 3.
This came only hours after she had been discharged from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Days earlier she had given birth to daughter Laney.
She had been admitted the previous day after a district nurse suspected that she was suffering from psychosis.
At an inquest into her death in Scarborough on April 24, a coroner decided against a verdict of suicide and recorded an open verdict after revealing that she had taken several belongings with her, including her passport.
Stephen became friends with Rosy through Kerstin, who met her at Shelley High School sixth form centre around 13 years ago.
He said: “When we found out what had happened to Rosy we could not believe that more could have been done to help Rosy in her hour of need.
“It comes down to awareness at all levels. Knowing the signs, what to do and where to get help is imperative to getting through Postpartum Psychosis.
“To my knowledge this message is just not out there or widely spoken about - it is almost taboo, which should not be the case.
“This is why we have made it our life’s mission to increase the awareness of a condition that is treatable to those who are expecting or are going through similar troubles after birth.
“We do not want anyone to have to deal with the pain of this and hope that our efforts will go some way to help.”
Postpartum psychosis is a severe and sudden mental health condition that occurs in thousands of new mums in the weeks following the birth and can cause mania, depression, confusion, hallucinations and delusions.
Kerstin said: “Rosy was a loyal friend that stuck by us all and was there for us for all the good and bad times.
“She had a wicked sense of humour and has left a massive void in the group.
“The triathlon will be a physical challenge for us both but I am sure we will complete this with Rosy in our thoughts to get us over the line.”
Anyone who could provide live music at the purple party has been asked to get in touch with the couple by email at email@example.com.
To find out more information and to donate to Action Postpartum Psychosis go to: http://www.justgiving.com/TriActionPP or text TAPP84 £5, £10, £15 to 70070
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