Coffee and cake event to support Leighton Buzzard charity that helped Melissa battle against post natal depression

Melissa wants to raise money for Reclaim Life
Melissa wants to raise money for Reclaim Life

A baker from Leighton Buzzard is organising a cake and coffee morning to raise money for Reclaim Life.

Melissa Bartlett, from the Planets Estate, wants to raise money for the charity to thank them for the support they gave her when she had post natal depression after the birth of her one-year-old daughter.

The 29-year-old is holding the charity cake and coffee fundraising event on Saturday, September 15, from 10am till 2pm, at the Conservative Club in Leighton Buzzard, she wants to raise awareness of the work they do.

Reclaim Life offers sessions to help people overcome the stresses of every day life, the therapy given to clients offers practical help in overcoming issues to enable them to move on with their lives.

Melissa said: “I struggled towards the end of my pregnancy and developed post natal depression after my daughter was born.

“I was given a leaflet about Reclaim Life from one of the nurses at my doctors, I looked into it and referred myself to them.

“I was put in touch with one of the volunteer mentors and they were fantastic, they really helped me get to where I am now.

“When I found out they are volunteers and the charity runs off donations I wanted to do something to help.

“This is my way of saying thank you to them for the support they gave me.

“As well as raising money for them I hope to raise awareness of the help and support they offer people.”

Melissa, who has been baking cakes for friends and family for five years, decided to set up her own business when she realised she wouldn’t be able to leave her daughter.

She said: “I set up Minnie’s Cakes and Creations when I knew I would not be able to leave her and return to work.

“While on maternity leave I started studying a diploma in cake business online and attended classes on decorating.

“I love my work and it has been an amazing start, in August I had 15 cake orders, usually when you start a business you expect it take about 12-18 months to really get going, but it has been a great start and I am really enjoying it.”

Reclaim Life is based in Salisbury House, Leighton Buzzard, and people can contact the charity for therapy sessions.

Melissa added: “I really hope people can come down and support this event and help raise money for this amazing service.”

For more information about the charity visit