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Helen and Sian's husky challenge

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]Helen and Sian[/b] will be [b]sledging 250km[/b] driving a [b]team of spirited huskies across the Arctic [/b]to raise money for [b]Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice[/b].[/p] [p]When Elsie relapsed with leukaemia in 2015 we were told that she had little chance of survival and that we needed to seriously think about palliative care.[/p] [p]We struggled through many dark, dark days searching our souls as to whether we would put Elsie through the most severe of treatments (which included a bone marrow transplant), that had no guarantee of success, but more likely a very high chance of treatment-related suffering and mortality. Or to choose not to treat Elsie and make her time left as comfortable and pain-free as possible.[/p] [p]We explored both avenues tirelessly wanting to have as much information as possible so we could make the best decision for Elsie. We looked in to end-of-life hospice care as we felt this would be an essential part of the palliative care journey for us. To my utter surprise I realised that there was no residential hospices for children anywhere in North of London!  This struck me at the time that unless you’re in this desperate position you wouldn’t necessarily know the availability of end-of-life support for your family and that this essential support needed to be accessible to all. We are so blessed to have made the right decision for Elsie and put her through treatment. Now, miraculously, two years on we have our beautiful little girl to share our lives with. Elsie fantastically exceeded her doctor’s expectations and she’s now enjoying life the same as any other little girl. Our experience with Elsie’s illness though has given us insight in to how extremely important palliative care and end-of-life support is, and I am now so passionate to help support this difficult and precious time for sick children and their families.[/p] [p]Noah’s Ark, a charity that provides community-based hospice support for hundreds of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, has been there for us throughout Elsie’s treatment and recovery. Elsie had a specialist carer who would take total charge of Elsie and her medical needs, offering myself and Arun valuable respite, at a time when Elsie’s care was beyond intense and all consuming. Elsie also had a Play Specialist who would come in to our home and play with Elsie. This was so valuable as Elsie had virtually no contact with the outside world for 18 months so these stimulating and fun sessions really enriched her days.[/p] [p][b]Noahs Ark[/b] [b]needs to raise £2million to build a residential hospice[/b] to provide care and support for desperately sick children and their families at the most difficult of times. We are eternally grateful to Noah’s Ark for everything they’ve done for Elsie and us as a family, and it’s now time for us to give something back and help them raise vital funds to build this much needed hospice.[/p] [p]So myself and my dear friend Sian have signed up to do an Artic Challenge. The small print reads - camping in sub-zero temperatures, running up-hill alongside sledges, no toilets, cooking our own freeze-dried meals, having a team of bounding huskies to manage. To name but a few challenges that sledging in the artic wilderness will bring. But Elsie is our hero, she has shown us pure resilience and endurance in the face of adversity; this brilliance of Elsie will be our energy and heat reserve when those Arctic miles get tough![/p] [p]We have a simple plan - [/p] [p]Get fit!!! [/p] [p]and[/p] [p]Raise money....[/p] [p]Please help us build the Ark[/p] [p]Love Helen and Sian xx[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h3g7iZDfUmQ?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo]

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Personal Challenge Date

16 Apr 2018


Noah's Ark - The Children's Hospice

Noah's Ark - The Children's Hospice



Tom Sheena Ruby and Amy

Good luck Helen!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Katia and Jake Herbst



The Kumar’s Downunder

Best of luck Helen. A great adventure awaits and a wonderful cause.



Claire and Kevin

Dear Sian, Jacqui - thanks for a lovely evening. Good luck with the challenge. Claire and Kevin

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Debbie Edwards

A great challenge for a wonderful cause. Best of luck to you both xxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Helen Nigel

Thank you Sian and Jacqui for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. You will have a fantastic experience for a very valuable cause, we will look forward to hearing all about it.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Anna and David Campion

Good luck!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Anna and Paul

Thanks so much for inviting us to your fabulous fundraising dinner. Great food, great company and a great cause. All the best luck with the challenge Sian and Helen.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Tina David

To Sian Many thanks for a wonderful evening, the food was amazing. Please say thankyou to Jackie for the hospitality and to your boys for their waiting on skills. Good luck to you and Helen with your challenge.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid



Good luck to you both from Harry and all the Flitterman clan. A fantastic cause and an amazing experience. Enjoy every minute. Xxxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Sian Nunn

Sian Nunn

Helen Kumar

Helen Kumar