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Philippa Walker

Philippa Walker is crowdfunding

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£3,072
raised of £3,200 target by 36 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,200 to fund Scoliosis braces

Harthill, Sheffield

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Living with Scoliosis:

My name is Philippa Walker, I'm now 16 years old and I live in Sheffield. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was 11, but recently I was looking back over old photos, and realised I had it from the age of 5.

So, what is Scoliosis? It is a medical condition where the spine twists and curves to the side. So many people are misinformed about Scoliosis. It's not just your spine that is affected, it's also your breathing, heart, neck, and the ability to do anything.

Before I was diagnosed, I did a breathing exercise in my singing lesson which involved bending over. That was when we noticed I had a hump on my back.

There are many ways to treat scoliosis:

1) A Body Brace - It pulls your spine into the correct position. It is not supposed to correct your curve, it only prevents it from getting worse. I had to wear my SpineCor brace for 20 hours a day until I stopped growing. That was for 3 years. I also had to wear it at school, under my clothes, and sleep in it.

2) Operation - It is a lengthy process and this is only recommended for the most serious, unbalanced curves that have great potential to get worse. The operation consists of metal bars inserted next to your spine to hold it in place and to keep it straight. You will always have a scar and will not be as flexible.

3) Physiotherapy - This will also help, but it is mainly used after the operation.

How would I like to help? I am trying to raise awareness, so people with Scoliosis can be treated as soon as possible. In the UK, Scoliosis affects 3-4 children out of every 1,000, and can develop at any time during childhood and adolescence. It is thought as many as 5 out of 10 adults age 65 or over have some degree of Scoliosis. People need to catch signs of Scoliosis early, so their curve cannot progress. THIS IS IMPORTANT!

In Summer 2018 I stopped growing, meaning I could come out of my brace. My curvature was 36, now it is only 20 degrees. This is a great result because the brace was only to stop it from getting worse.

You can hardly tell that I have Scoliosis now.

I would like to say a big thanks to the orthotics department in the Children's Hospital in Sheffield. They have made me a normal person again.

If you could kindly donate even a small amount to this JustGiving page then it would be a huge help. The money that I raise will pay for 1 brace (costing £1,600 including any adjustments and consultations) and will be donated to the Scoliosis Department in the Sheffield Children's Hospital. I have already raised £312 and I hope to raise some more by releasing a single that I have produced with the help of Steelworks Studios. It will be releasing on Saturday the 27th June (International Scoliosis Day) on all music platforms. It has already been realesed on YouTube and you can watch it here. Any profit will be donated to the hospital.

THANK YOU!🤝

This is my YouTube video that I have made about Scoliosis. Please watch it! :)

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  • Philippa Walker4 months ago
    Philippa Walker

    Philippa Walker

    4 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Ok, thank you all for donating. Because we have exceeded our target, we are now reaching for £3,200, to fund 2 scoliosis braces! Thank you all!

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  • Philippa Walker4 months ago
    Philippa Walker

    Philippa Walker

    4 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Wow, in just over a year we have reached our goal! Thank you so much for the people who have donated. This page will still be live for another year, so more people have the chance to donate if they would like to. Another thing, I am about to release my new single on Saturday, International Scoliosis Day (on all music platforms), so if you are interested in listening to it, here is the link to view it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Zpqvx6OCOjo Any profit that I make will be donated to the Sheffield Children's Hospital!

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2 years ago

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Page last updated on: 10/1/2020 09.22

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36

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 1, 2020

    Such an inspirational girl, well done.

    £10.00

  • Gino

    Gino

    Sep 22, 2020

    Fantastic cause, Fantastic hospital, Fantastic girl & voice. Well done Pippa!

    £100.00

  • Pete Thames Hydroblasting

    Pete Thames Hydroblasting

    Jul 24, 2020

    Well done Philippa , your a credit to your family and a beautiful human being!

    £500.00

  • Garry Duncan

    Garry Duncan

    Jul 23, 2020

    Well done Philippa keep up the good work you are inspiring people

    £100.00

  • Andy Salotti

    Andy Salotti

    Jul 8, 2020

    Well Done Philippa, I know you make your dad very proud with what you continue to achieve.Good luck and best wishes from all the team at Clearview Intelligence.

    £100.00

  • Forkers Limited

    Forkers Limited

    Jul 2, 2020

    £200.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 1, 2020

    £2.00

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