Mum gives HOPE to other women

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A mum who set up a support group earlier this year to help women with mental health issues has seen it go from strength to strength.

Rachel Henrys, of Regent Street, Coppull, suffered post-natal depression after the birth of her daughter, Amelia, now three.

Evie Wood, four, Billy Smith, seven, and Paige-Louise Smith, six,at the HOPE fun day

Evie Wood, four, Billy Smith, seven, and Paige-Louise Smith, six,at the HOPE fun day

She wanted to support other women who were struggling and set up HOPE - Helping Others Progress Everyday – with her sister-in-law, Louise Henrys.

From the first support group in Coppull in June, HOPE has grown quickly.

A fun day was held last Saturday at the Co-operative in Coppull to raise money, with around 300 people enjoying attractions including meeting Elsa from film Frozen, playing on a bouncy castle, visiting stalls and trying their luck in a tombola and raffle.

Rachel, 29, said: “It went really well. The rain stayed off and we managed to raise nearly £700 in total.”

It was also a celebration of a new base for HOPE, which will open in the coming weeks on Spendmore Lane.

Rachel said: “It’s going to be open three days a week as a drop-in centre. People can come in to have a chat or use some of our resources.

“On Tuesdays it’s going to be just counselling and then we will hold evening courses and do events at the weekend.”

HOPE has become an NHS affiliate member and new courses will start this week for women needing somewhere to turn.

There will be support groups at 1pm on Tuesdays at Chorley Library, 1.30pm on Wednesdays at Coppull Children’s Centre and at 1.30pm on Mondays at Coppull Library.

Brew-time sessions will start on Thursday, from 1pm to 2.30pm at Coppull Primary School’s after-school club, and there are even plans for HOPE zumba sessions at Coppull Leisure Centre.

Fund-raising for HOPE will continue with a Chef Factor competition, where the winner can take over Amelie’s restaurant for an evening, invite up to 20 people and cook their own menu.

To enter, you must “like” HOPE’s Facebook page, make a minimum donation of £5 and post a recipe, photograph or video each week to build up a fan base ahead of live shows.

And Rachel has even more plans in the pipeline as she sees her project grow.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed. I feel like it has come from such a small idea and we have obviously identified such a huge need for this service.

“The women we work with are flourishing and doing really well. I never imagined it would be this successful, but I’m over the moon.”

To find out more about HOPE and to join one of the sessions, call Rachel on 07599 183695, email helpingothers@inbox.com or go to hope-helpingothers.webs.com.