A MUM who started a charity helping new parents has been named on a list of people who make Britain a better place to live.
Leanne Howlett suffered with postnatal depression so badly that she contemplated suicide, but after finally accepting help made a full recovery.
She used her experience to create ‘By Your Side’ – which supports mums and aims to improve the care available.
And it was the 32-year-old’s hard work supporting others which led to her being named as one of the 50 people on The Independent’s Happy List, which celebrates ‘inspirational people whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery have made Britain a better place.’
The mum-of-one from Leamington told the Observer: “Starting By Your Side has been an incredible journey. I started it because I felt so alone when I was unwell and didn’t want other parents to feel like that.
“It’s amazing to see how much it has grown over the last year and a half and how many local parents we have been able to support. I’m so lucky to be supported by a fabulous team of volunteers who feel as passionate about it as I do.”
The charity helps local mums through one to one sessions and mum and baby ‘stay and play’ sessions at The Gap in Warwick.
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