A Listers pledge to support new Postnatal Depression Charity

George Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Simon Cowell are just some of the celebrities who have pledged support for the Samantha Abbott Trust, a new charity designed to raise awareness for women suffering from postnatal depression.

Set up by Simon Abbott in memory of his sister Samantha, a school teacher from Surrey, launch day will see the organisers of the Samantha Abbott Trust attempt to break Charlie Sheen’s Guinness World Record of ‘Fastest 1 Million Followers’ on Twitter, and in so doing help new mothers worldwide who may be in the grip of this terrible illness. At 10am on Friday 26 April, ‘OneMillionMums’ profile will go live and with the help of celebrities such as Beverley Knight, Stacey Solomon and their hundreds of thousands of followers, a new record looks likely to be set.

The Samantha Abbott Trust has also announced plans to host a major fund-raiser later this year. A charity fashion show with a difference, it will feature items of clothing donated by the likes of George Clooney, Usain Bolt, Simon Cowell, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Paris Hilton, the Beckhams, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, plus many more.

For further information contact jerseyfashionshow@hotmail.co.uk

About 1 in 10 new mothers develop postnatal depression. Many feel ashamed about how they feel and keep silent; on average one sufferer each week will take their own life.  There is no known cause for postnatal depression, and sometimes it can start for no obvious reason.

Samantha Abbott, who was 41, killed herself by jumping off the top floor of a car park in Sutton, Surrey, just a few weeks after giving birth to her son Bosco.

Now her brother, Simon, has set up the charitable trust, the Samantha Abbott Trust, to help sufferers get the support and advice they need.