Mackley is supporting Maddie Andrews who is taking on the ‘the one year on, one mile challenge’ tomorrow (15 Dec) to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) charity.
In April 2016 at the age of 16, Maddie, daughter of Mackley buyer Karen Andrews, was diagnosed with an extremely severe case of scoliosis – which is where the spine twists and curves to the side.
Maddie had an 84 degree curve to her spine, the severity of which would have ensured that she would have suffered miserably in later life if she did not undergo treatment to straighten her spine.
And so, in a year where Maddie had enough to concern herself with, including GCSEs just around the corner, she underwent a major spine operation in August – followed by a second operation on 15 December 2016.
To mark a year since the follow-up operation, Maddie, from Upper Beeding, is taking on the charity swimming challenge – targeting 65 lengths (one mile) at Steyning Leisure Centre (8pm start).
“2016 was an incredibly tough time for me both physically and mentally, however, I couldn’t have got through without my incredible surgeon and the truly amazing team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who were simply wonderful, so caring.
“The Great Ormond Street Charity is such a fantastic cause and I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible, and I’ll be grateful for any support and for any amount that I raise.”
Everyone at Mackley wishes Maddie every success in her challenge.
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14 December 2017