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There wasn’t a dry eye in the house while I was working on this story – Jon’s love for his wife Rach shone through his words and it was an honour to write for him.

Over on my ‘charity’ page you can see the link for Jon’s fundraising campaign – he’s raising money for Breast Cancer Care to thank the charity for the support they gave his family during Rach’s cancer battle.

His story is out now in Bella.

Happy World Down’s syndrome Day 2019! It’s become my tradition to collate all the stories about all the legends of the Down’s syndrome community I’ve written about in the past year, to mark this wonderful, worldwide celebration. I have written about amazing children like Max, who I wrote about over Christmas for Best and Chat, who is just about the most gorgeous little elf in the world. I wrote a lovely feature for Best in the style of an open letter from mums Emma, Pippy and Vicky to themselves, offering advice on the day their children Corin, Leo and Audrey came into the world. Remember the Carpool Karaoke video that went mega-viral? We placed a story about a few of the mums involved, in Bella. And then there were a few stories about older people who had Down’s syndrome and are blazing trails – beauty queen Kate shared her story in the Sunday People and huge, happy congrats to Heidi, who shared her story in Best just recently, detailing the day her fiance proposed. I look forward to writing about your wedding, Heidi!

For more information about Down’s syndrome, visit www.futureofdowns.com an online community offering friendly support for parents and an up to date, balanced view of life with the condition.

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How adorbs is Henry? Emily had to fight to have her voice heard when she found out prenatally that he had Down’s syndrome. She was urged far too many times to have a termination… but she knew her own mind and her love for her unborn son was never in question. Once he was born, Emily was asked if she wanted him adopted. Would you just leave the poor woman alone already! Look at his beautiful, mischievous grin – Emily knew Henry was her world.
The first of my stories out this month to celebrate World Down’s syndrome Day on the 21st. Out now in New!

We’ll fight the NHS – Sunday Mirror

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I’ve worked with the incredible Rich family before, but last time, the story had hope and promise… We thought the pioneering treatment little Jess and Nicole were on might change the world for generations of kids with rare genetic diseases.
But now, the NHS has refused to fund the treatment which leaves these girls at a perilous crossroads. I love the NHS – what I don’t love is the government budget cuts which put lives at stake. It’s heartbreaking. The treatment works and the girls and many other kids in England (Wales and Scotland have made different decisions on the matter) deserve to stay on it. You can read the full story in the Mirror

Love these ladies! Here’s Emma, Sheryl and Hannah reflecting on the lessons they learned while dipping their toe in married waters back in their 20s. Their ‘starter marriages’ taught them so much about love, life and long term relationships, it was a fascinating piece to put together.

Out now in Best.

Always extra specially proud of my stories for and about the Down’s syndrome community – here’s this week’s piece in Woman’s Own magazine celebrating Sophie and Joe, two brilliant kids who have brought sunshine and sparkle to their family and friends – and who happen to have Down’s syndrome. Their mums, Cassy and Vikki, were interviewed about the looming sense that science is attempting to eradicate future cases of Down’s syndrome – and what a sad world that would be.

Every time I write about Down’s syndrome, I hope that we help undo the tide of misinformation that has swept society for decades. Out now in Woman’s Own.

 

Phoenix Turns Ten!

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Ten mighty years ago, I started out as a newbie freelancer. After a year working at the nation’s biggest and best mega-agency, SWNS, my friend and I launched Phoenix Features together. After a few years I went solo and have been running my little enterprise ever since. I have a little team of helpers who support various aspects of the business and I couldn’t do it without them. Nor would I still be here if it wasn’t for the amazing commissioning editors I work with every day.

So I went to London and took them all out for drinks. I schmoozed them, for they deserve a schmoozing. I met with the lovely ladies of Best, Woman’s Own, Bella, Chat and Take a Break during a whistle stop tour of London.

Here I am with my editors – amazing women who always take the time to read my stories and hear my pitches – who knows if there’s another ten years left in this industry (please keep buying magazines!) but it’s been a hell of a ride so far. I’ve written about so many people, so many things, so many adventures and escapades – it’s my dream job.

The lovely ladies of Woman’s Own, Chat, Pick Me Up & Woman magazines.

I had over 200 people get in touch wanting to be a part of this report – which goes to show what a mess we’re in! Too many kids are being passed around the system yet overlooked, while their parents are being made to feel like they are the problem.

This report, which I worked on for Scope, the disability charity, is in Take a Break this week. It is a very interesting, and sad, read. If you are affected by the details in this report please do visit the Scope website – they are a wonderful charity.

Divorce statistics hit an all time high at this time of year, as couples emerge from difficult festive challenges and start the new year determined to build happier lives – Judith shared her story with Bella to inspire people going through just that. Judith’s own new year divorce set her on a course for a happier life and it shows – she radiates happiness and is loving discovering who she is now she’s flying solo.

Out now in Bella.

A beautiful story to start the new year off with! Here is the James family – Mel tells the story of how Jack came to be her son. It’s a beautiful story of adoption, love and family ties. As Mel says, you don’t have to be related to your children to love them with all your heart and this story proves it.

To find out more about adoption, visit adoptionuk.org