Horsham Fundraiser Faces Fears For Scotty’s

A nursery assistant from Horsham, West Sussex, has conquered her fear of heights and put the pain of a long-term injury to one side as she scaled Mount Snowdon, to raise over £600 for bereaved Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

34 year-old Helen Powderham first heard about Scotty’s Little Soldiers when it was personally selected this year by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, as one of seven charities to receive donations from the Royal Wedding. Helen spent some time in the cadets when she was younger and has friends in the military. A combination of her background along with her work with children made Scotty’s the perfect choice for her fundraising challenge.

The inspiration behind choosing Mount Snowdon for Helen came from a friend and a walking group which turned up to support her. Helen placed a message on a Facebook group called Walk 1000 miles 2018 (which is run by a country walking magazine) and got a great response from people saying they would take the challenge with her. Nothing could prepare Helen for what she was greeted with on the day.

She explains: “I put the post on the Facebook group called Walk 1000 miles and ten people said straight away that they’d join me. On the day, I walked around the corner to the meeting point to find 52 fellow badgers (the nickname the walk 1000 miles challengers get) waiting for me! I was in shock and very overwhelmed.”

Helen adds: “I nearly gave up a few times as I became more and more unsure that I could reach the top and I was in extreme pain with my knee. The tarmac round leading to the start of the path was the hardest point, but I did keep going and I managed to get 99% of the way up. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. I was so pleased to be able to hand over £635 to Scotty’s and I can’t wait to do it again!”

Scotty’s founder, Nikki said: “We want to thank Helen so much for facing her fears and raising money for our charity. Without people like her, we wouldn’t be able to carry on bringing smiles to the faces of children who have lost their parents in the Armed Forces. The money raised will go towards experiences and holidays that create wonderful memories, so a huge thank you and well done to Helen from all of us at Scotty’s.”

To find out more about Helen’s challenge and to donate, visit: To donate to Helen, follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-powderham7      

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