Following a successful career as a physiotherapist, working for the NHS as well as in private practice and Sports Medicine, Alison fell seriously ill with viral meningitis. Recovery took several years, during which Alison re-trained her memory, concentration and co-ordination by learning to play the piano and being Mum to two small boys.
Eventually, acknowledging a love of crafts and putting to good use an extensive past experience of teaching skills to others, Eclipse Gift Wrapping was born.
Eclipse provides a professional gift wrapping service comprising high quality demonstrations, ‘hands-on’ workshops and professional gift wrapping services for businesses and individuals. As well as using conventional gift wrap, Alison uses re-cycled and alternative materials, often incorporating aspects of origami and furoshiki. Quality, creativity and innovation are central to Alison’s ethos.
Alison is also a very popular demonstrator at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas in London and has taken part in live radio and TV recording. Other clients include the Women’s Institute, Soroptimists and local authority based organisations such as Communities First, where the Eclipse team have run very successful interactive workshops.
Alison and the team often work in London as well as throughout the UK and increasingly internationally. The Eclipse Gift Wrapping You Tube channel is popular with subscribers all over the World, especially in North America and India.