Guest Blog – Chloe Hammond, Ambassador

My Life in Lockdown

I miss my family loads during this lockdown, but I have been seeing what they have been up to via social media. So far, I have spent my time chilling out and watching lots of YouTube and Disney+. On Disney+ I have been watching lots of movies and I have been reliving my childhood by re-watching some of the TV shows that I watched when I was younger like Good Luck Charlie which air for the first time in 2010.

I have made some NHS art using Hama Beads and it is displayed in my conservatory window.  I have been on a couple of nature walks with my mam. On nature walks, I love to take lots of photos.

Recently I have even made a Biscoff cheesecake with a Biscoff biscuit base, Biscoff spread in the cream cheese, Biscoff caramel and grated chocolate on top. It tastes amazing if I do say so myself. I really enjoy baking and would love to do it more regularly

During this global pandemic Heel & Toe Children’s charity has sadly seen a fall in revenue due to having to close both of their therapy centres to keep to the government rules.

As a result of this, the charity has launched an urgent appeal for donations to make sure the charity does not close permanently, and I am very grateful that my friends and family have been able to help by donating to the charity and even doing their own challenges to help raise funds.

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A massive well done and thank you to my cousin Justin, his partner Amy and their 9-month-old son Oliver who did their own sponsored walk of roughly 12.4miles from Annfield Plain to Heel & Toe’s main therapy building in Pelton to help raise funds. They have done a fantastic job of helping to raise £90.

Since my last blog, on February 24th I had 10 hours of Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery (T3 to pelvis) at James Cook University Hospital.  This was needed to straighten the curvature of my spine and to gain improved posture. After surgery, I needed a blood transfusion and for the first two days I was looked after on the High Dependency Unit and in total, I spent a week in hospital. I was on painkillers for about a month.

The most painful part of recovering from Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Surgery was getting my back drains removed. Despite the inevitable pain experienced I would recommend this Surgery.

Thank you for reading my blog. Hope you all stay safe.

Much Love,

Chloe xx