Yes, I am using a child-theme.
Twenty Twelve is designed so if there are no widgets in the sidebar then the page will not display the sidebar.
I can add code into the sidebar, but it will only show up if the sidebar does. Which in order for the sidebar to appear it has to have a widget in it.
What do I need to modify in order for me to be able to put the php and html directly into the sidebar file and not use widgets?
I've checked the function.php and I've played with the sidebar files.
So far no luck.
Any help would be much appreciated.
If you plan to tell me how poor of an idea this is please don't. Whether it is good or bad this is how I want to do it, and I'm simply hoping for a solution not a lecture.
Thanks for your time.