In 1989 Colin Hammond had a recurrence of his anxiety problems and was working on
a help-line for people with anxiety disorders via a charity entitled Phobic Action.
By 1991 his condition had worsened to the extent that his agoraphobia had returned
and he and his wife Marion were forced to sell their Fish and Chip shop. Marion was
already unable to work due to a heart condition.
They sold the shop in June 1991 and Colin was advised to have 6 months rest, which
he duly took.
In the November of that year Marion and Colin wondered what they would do with the
rest of their lives and because Marion was never going to be able to work full-time
again and Colin’s agoraphobia could take some years to overcome they realised that
a normal job was out of the question.
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