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Children in Need campaigner tells her story and what inspired her to offer so much support to the charity:
In 2000 I needed surgery for a collapsed lobe of my left lung and it left me with a scar like a shark bite.
What does this have to do with raising money for Children in Need?
Well, at 13 years old I had tuberculosis and was hospitalised for 10 months - six of which were complete bed rest, ending my chance to play on the school netball team.
I returned to school a year behind my peers and went on to do GCE 'O' and 'A' levels. I trained as a teacher, achieving my Teacher Training Certificate and a B.Ed (Hons) Degree.
I taught Domestic Science /Housecraft/Home Economics/and its current title: Food & Fabric Technology.
On 21st November, 1980, Children In Need was born and it made me feel very grateful for the NHS, and all the care and support which I had received.
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