Dozens of children affected by leukemia will be able to enjoy the pleasure of cooling off in the swimming pool this summer, thanks to the latest delivery of special Hickman Line Shortie Drysuits supplied by leading British drysuit manufacturer, Hammond Drysuits, to West Sussex based children's cancer charity, Freddy Smile.
Whilst time spent splashing around in the pool is something that hundreds of thousands of children take for granted, this simple pleasure is one denied to many children suffering from leukaemia. That's because a Hickman Line chest catheter, which is permanently fitted to directly deliver chemotherapy treatment, needs to be kept dry and held in situ for months at a time, prohibiting swimming and even bathing.
When Freddy Smile first approached Hammond Drysuits, owner and director Chris Hammond, was only too happy to help find a solution. The specially adapted Shortie Drysuits were expertly designed and manufactured by Hammond Drysuits - using their 30 years of experience in manufacturing leisure and commercial drysuits - to keep the children's torsos dry and protected.
Freddy Smile was delighted to receive the latest batch of 17 Shortie Drysuits in time for use during the summer holiday season. The charity is the only one in the UK to supply Hickman Line Shortie Drysuits to enable children with a Hickman Line fitted to be able to swim.
However, it's not just in the UK that the special Hickman Line Shorties are needed; Hammond Drysuits regularly receives orders from individuals and charities all around the world, the latest order coming from Australia.