A woman who tried to commit suicide because of post-natal depression is to take on her greatest physical challenge.
Walking 100km non-stop across country would be a hard ask for anyone, but Toni Jeggo will take on the challenge walking on heel bones that were shattered after a failed suicide attempt.
Mrs Jeggo and her husband Simon, 32, from The Street, Poslingford, are in training to walk from London to Brighton on May 23-24 to raise money and awareness for a life-saving charity.
In 2010, Mrs Jeggo was in the grips of post-natal depression after the birth of her second child, leading to her suicide attempt by jumping from a first-floor window when her daughter was just three months old.
“You can’t really explain it – it was absolutely horrendous,” said Mrs Jeggo.
“You have a baby and everyone is expecting you to be happy and wonderful, and sometimes you’re not.”
“I shattered both of my heel bones. “I was in hospital for five weeks, I had two operations and had six metal plates put in both feet.”
Three months in a wheelchair were followed by several weeks on crutches, all the time coping with trying to look after two children.
Despite being told she would never walk long distances again, the 34-year-old first took part in London’s Moon Walk and found that the walking actually helped her feet.
Mr and Mrs Jeggo will be walking for post and prenatal depression charity the Pandas Foundation, which was set up in 2011 by Rachael and Stuart Dobson after their own experiences with the illness.
“I thought being such a big challenge, I would do something close to my heart,” said Mrs Jeggo.
“I want people to know it’s out there as I would have liked something like that when I was going through it.”
The suicide attempt brought about 12 months of psychotherapy. Mrs Jeggo said she is now at the end of her journey, but is hoping to raise £1,000 to help others in theirs.
Mrs Jeggo added: “I know I can do without sleep but walking all day and all night is going to be really hard.”
q To donate to the pair’s fund, go online to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tonijeggo.