About me: My husband served in the Royal Navy for 17 years and in 2013 he suffered nerve damage during a routine surgery to rectify a shoulder injury. This led to many complications and lots more surgery. He was discharged from the Navy in 2015 with a limited range of movement in his right arm and mental health issues. A few months later he had heart surgery. This was very tough on us both and our two little girls at the time. We have now come out the other side, we have another beautiful daughter and have built up a new life, this was helped along by the amazing Help for Heroes.
Being a Band of Sisters - it has massively impacted my life. It helped me get out of some dark days and given me faith that things can get better. I’ve also met some inspirational people that have become friends and made it all feel ‘normal’.
Getting involved with designing a scarf for Help for Heroes - since being a part of the BOS, I've always appreciated the work that they do. In previous years I've raised money by running the London 10K but I had a baby at the end of last year, so haven't been fit enough. I saw the opportunity to design a scarf as a fun way to help give something back.
It's given me confidence. I've loved seeing our work turn into something so special and something to be proud of.
How does art and being creative help you: it is so relaxing and this helps with daily stresses. I can also be quite an anxious person and it helps settle this.
Without Help for Heroes I wouldn't have had the faith and the strength I needed to help my family get through such a tough time.