Helen and Sian's husky challenge

Sian Nunn
Helen Kumar


Total raised so far£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 Jun 2018


Oct 17, 2018


Well done both of you!! xx


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 17, 2018

Liz and Mark Smallwood

Fantastic achievement Sian and Helen. Well done!


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2018



Oct 1, 2018

Bill and Joan


Oct 1, 2018

Bob and Sandra


Sep 16, 2018

Sian raffle drawn at dinner dance 16-9-18

Thank you to everyone who supported the last raffle.


Sep 14, 2018



plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2018

James Haydon

So impressed to hear all that you have done, when we met in Weymouth, to raise money for this charity. Well done


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 4, 2018

Jane x

Well done!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 20, 2018

Barn dance fundraiser at Rushall Club


Sian Nunn

Sian Nunn

Helen Kumar

Helen Kumar

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