Vernon Park Cafe Supports “Stockport Snowdrops” Stroll

Posted on the 1st May 2019

It was our very great pleasure to welcome around 100 mums, 120-plus babies and toddlers  – and three dads – to Vernon Park Cafe today! They included Sally with beautiful twins Heidi and Harlow pictured above.

Everyone was there for the annual Snowdrops Stroll in the park to mark Maternal Health Awareness Week.

Snowdrops is a wonderful local peer support group for mums who are struggling with low mood, anxiety and any other perinatal mental health issues. Today’s walk, a community event for all mums and dads, proved a great way to meet new people.

Proud mum holds her tiny baby at the Snowdrops walk

Mum Laura with three-week-old Ethan enjoyed the fresh air.

Laura Hayton, above, had an emergency c-section just three weeks ago but was keen to take part. Regular exercise comes under her ‘doctor’s orders’. Little Ethan was one of the youngest babies present and spent a great deal of time snoozing!

Hayden, 4,  was more inclined to run – with mum Hayley hot on his heels. Hayden had his eye on the prize. See pic two below to see what he was after.

Little Hayden was keen to sample some of the free cake laid on by Pure Innovations at our cafe for all the strollers. It was our pleasure to support  the event in this way.

Pure provides employment services for people with mental health issues and is part of Stockport’s new Mental Health Network. Details of this will soon be announced here so do keep a look out.

Support is all important when we are struggling.  Jennie Frost founded Stockport Snowdrops after  receiving peer support from a similar group  before moving to South Manchester.

Snowdrops organiser Jennie Frost and volunteer Nicole in Instagram frame

What picture! Jennie (l) with volunteer Nicole

I suffered from Post Natal Depression when I had both my girls and I found it so helpful to be with other mums facing the same challenges. When we moved here there wasn't a similar group and so I decided to set one up at St Mark's Church Hall in Bredbury. Any mums who feel they are struggling are welcome. Details are on our website [See link at bottom of page]

We are so grateful to Pure Innovations for supporting this event with tables outside and the fabulous cakes for all the strollers. It has been so valuable, giving everyone a reason to stay behind, chat and forge new friendships.

Jennie Frost - Founder of Stockport Snowdrops

Support is so valuable to new mums and we have to give a special mention to the three chaps who joined in this walk promoting Maternal Mental Health Week. Josh Wilson was there with little Scarlett and Daniel Kenney, still on paternity leave, was there with perhaps the youngest “stroller” present – two-week-old  baby Orlagh. Brian Griffiths was supporting his grown up daughter who is a childminder and all her young charges.

To find out more about the Snowdrops Stockport group you can  visit its website here.

Even the weather was kind for the strollers today. We hope that new friendships have been made and that everyone enjoyed themselves in the beautiful park.

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