1st April 2016
On the 31st May 2015, my gorgeous son Oakley was born at Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire, due to uncontrollable circumstances he was born via emergency C-section where unbeknown to me at the time, he wasn’t breathing and had to be resuscitated, this was down to him swallowing his meconium (his poop). Thankfully though this is a happy story and he soon got his breath!
As a result of his breathing difficulties he had to be placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), he was in an incubator for two days and spent a further three days on the ward under close observation, before he was allowed to come home at the end of the week.
So, who are The Stars Appeal and what does it have to do with me? The incubator that Oakley was in was funded by this charity, the en suite accommodation that Craig, my husband, got to stay in whilst Oakley and I were in hospital was funded by this charity.
Once Oakley was well enough he and I were moved into our own private room ‘Kangaroo Care’ on the ward, again funded by this charity, all the time Craig was in his own room less than fifty metres away from us.
The staff and the care we received were just simply amazing and the equipment and facilities provided were above what is provided by the NHS (which in itself is an amazing service). Without the family room for Craig to stay in and the private room I got to stay in, I wonder whether our first few days of parenthood could have shaped us as parents totally differently and how we bonded as a couple who were now parents.
Oakley was the only full term baby on the ward and there were some extremely poorly babies there, but I knew they were in the best hands with amazing facilities to help them and their families.
So, why the Inca Trek? I have already fundraised for The Stars Appeal, by running Cardiff Half Marathon in 2015, I wanted something to push my limits though, I’m not a fan of hills, so this could be pretty interesting….so on the 29th April 2017, 40 other trekkers and I, including one of my best friends Sarah, will be heading to South America to begin this challenge, which I think at the moment I am totally underestimating….
Yes, I get to travel and experience this amazing opportunity, but it’s all in aid of constantly fundraising for this charity to help other families like mine.
This charity doesn’t just fund NICU, they work hard to support all wards and departments but with particular focus on cancer, cardiac care and children.
If you would kindly like to donate any spare pennies you may have then you can visit my justgiving page, or you can text a donation, text the word PICC49 £5 (or any other amount, £1, £2, £3, £4 or £10) to 70070. Every penny counts and would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to find out more about what The Stars Appeal, please do give their website a visit.
First of all, before I continue my review I must just say a massive thank you to Aishlen for helping me motivate myself back into a health & fitness regime.
I reached out to Aishlen a few months ago, just for some simple tips, advice and information on how I could not only lose a bit of weight but gain fitness and most importantly adopt a healthy food plan. And Aishlen was more than happy to guide me.
She asked me a bunch of questions about my lifestyle without being invasive and made me comfortable to answer honestly and then she tailored the right kind of plan to my day to day needs. Once that was in place, I got the ball rolling. Aishlen would check in on me a good few times a week to see how I was getting on without being pushy, always made sure I was comfortable with the work out plans she had given me to do in the week and see how I was adjusting to the food plans also. She'd also give me her own extra tips on what she enjoys eating without sacrificing all of the goodies we women love to enjoy.
Once a week then she would have me write down my measurements of bust, weight, hips & thighs. And each week I got to see the difference that Aishlen's plan was making in my body shape.
Aishlen has been fantastic and I strongly recommend her for anyone. Whether you're looking to lose weight, become lean or simply need a new approach to your eating habits. She has the skills to help no matter the individual circumstances.
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I started with Aishlen six weeks after having my second baby and loved the fact that she understood how difficult it is to get back into exercise after a c section especially. She helped me break several bad eating habits and made me revaluate what I was eating. I never feel like I'm on a diet or going without, just being healthier. She's always so positive and never makes you feel bad if you have a bad eating day. Would definitely recommend.
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I loved every session with Aishlen. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make for a great basis and I've felt supported the whole way. Sessions are tailored to you and your goals, I've really enjoyed being challenged and incorporating new aspects into my training. The results speak for themselves, but what is best is how I'm feeling in myself and the positivity the training is bringing to my life. A thank you to Ash, and to anyone considering taking the next step - I encourage you to get in touch.
I’ve known Aishlen now since 2014 and she is the most energetic, outgoing person I know! Having struggled for a number of years with injury and everything that comes with it, I went to Aishlen for help. I initially saw her for individual PT sessions and nutrition and saw and felt a difference within a couple of weeks. Due to work commitments I had to stop going, however, enlisted her help again a month ago for some online personal training. I am now happy with the nutrition side of things but still needed something to follow in the gym. I received a month long programme which I have nearly completed apart from one session and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The sessions are progressive and easy to follow and I am excited about the next month ahead with my second online programme. Aishlen is always on hand to provide advice and guidance where required and nothing is too much hassle for her. If you are looking for some inspiration to kick start the new you for the new year then look no further, you won’t be disappointed. Aishlen takes pride in everything she does and always gives 110%. There is no judgement only encouragement and every programme is tailor made for you and your commitments. Thanks Ash and I look forward to working with you for the foreseeable future.