'Fifty Days of Lockdown' tells a story of hope and documents how one family made the most out of one of the most unprecedented times that many of us will ever have to live through.

Not only are the Ind family some of our most treasured supporters, here at Wessex Heatbeat, but they are also some of the most inspirational people that you will likely meet.

Mark Ind's son Alex, has lived with very complicated cardiac defects all his life. Having had five major cardiac operations from five days old, four of these being open heart procedures, Alex is no stranger to the feeling of Lockdown. Last year Alex received his most recent open heart surgery, where he also contracted sepsis and had a stroke whilst recovering from infection and the surgery. Somehow, he was playing Hampshire League Cricket just over two weeks later! Just a year on, Alex completed a 10k run for Wessex Heartbeat, raising £3,000 with his efforts. His passion and determination has left everybody in awe at his bravery to fight anything that is thrown his way. 

Alex's condition, but also his incredible determination, has driven Mark to be one of the major forces behind getting the YACU (Young Adult's Cardiac Unit) built at the Wessex Cardiac Centre, not even mentioning the countless other times we have received the family's support, with fundraising from them all totalling well over £100,000.

With the Lockdown affecting us all in different ways, Mark Ind decided to start a journal of the personal experiences that his family faced during these unprecedented times. This journal inspired 50 Days of Lockdown, which is an intriguing book full of that unique Ind family spark of hope, that we have all come to cherish and adore, as well as full chronicles of what actually happened during the virus. With all the shared despair, sadness and uncertainty that the virus has created, it is something that people can enjoy and relate too. 

You will be able to get an intimate look into Alex's journey and his unbelievable bravery, as well as the heartwarming and at times "mildy amusing" family journey through Lockdown.

50 Days of Lockdown is available to pre-order now, with a percentage of every book sale going to Wessex Heartbeat.