Helena takes the plunge for Richard House

Published: April 18, 2018

This September, Richard House’s Helena Burley is taking part in her first ever abseil in aid of the hospice. Helena works in our fundraising team, and surprisingly her biggest fear is heights. The Communication team caught up with Helena to find out more.

Helena, how are you feeling about your challenge?

Terrified! I’m petrified of heights so I’m very nervous, though I’d be much more nervous if I’d chosen to run a marathon like many of our wonderful supporters do! But I know my fear is nothing compared to the bravery shown by our children and their families.

Why did you decide to take on this challenge?

I’m so passionate about what Richard House does for the children here. I knew the moment I stepped into the hospice that I was somewhere very special, and when I heard the children singing ‘You are my sunshine’ during music therapy that it had also taken my heart. If I can help the children here in a small way then that means so much to me.

I also like to challenge myself with something new and scary each year. It gives me a chance to challenge the preconception that you can’t have fun when you’re slightly older (over 21, ahem!).

What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m excited and terrifed at the same time of actually stepping off the building! I don’t want to look down from the top but know I won’t be able to help myself. What I look forward to the most is that sense of achievement I know I’ll have once I’ve done the abseil and have both feet firmly back on the ground.

What would you say to others who may be thinking of taking on a challenge to fundraise for Richard House?

Go for it! You get the most fantastic support and inspiration from the team at Richard House. And definitely take the opportunity of having a tour of the hospice. When you see the ways in which you can help children with a life-limiting illness and make every child feel loved and valued for who they are, you’ll be left with no doubt.

If, like Helena, you’re feeling brave enough to take the plunge, you can join our abseil. Why not get together with your friends and colleagues and have a go as a team?

Please visit Helena’s fundraising page to see how she’s getting along or to sponsor her.