Hi, my name is Helenor and I am studying Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University. I am undertaking a challenge in April 2018 to lead a team of sled dogs 225km across Scandinavia and into the Arctic Circle to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. The National Autistic Society helps those with autism and their families in many different ways, ranging from specialist schools, helplines, and awareness campaigns to putting parents of autistic children in contact with each other so that they can share experiences and offer support to each other.
As a Cadet Flight Sergeant in the Air Training Corps at 864 (Watton) Squadron, I have been involved in many fundraising and charity events. As part of the Norfolk and Suffolk ATC team I have completed the annual Nijmegen 100 miles/4 day march in Holland three times and I hope to do so again next year, so as you can see I do really enjoy a challenge!
Having family and friends affected by autism, I know first-hand the struggles that they face daily and the importance of the support and funding provided by the National Autistic Society. Naturally, when I saw this expedition advertised during Freshers Week I knew that I had to do it! Not only was it a once-in-a lifetime event, for a charity that is close to my heart, but it involved another thing close to my heart…..dogs! 😊
By completing this gruelling week-long expedition I hope to raise a minimum of £2650. The cost of the expedition is being met through my own funds and through some of the funds that I raise. If I meet my target at least 50% will go to the National Autistic Society and anything I raise beyond my target will go in full to the charity. During the week I will have my own team of dogs to lead and a sled with all of our kit (mostly the dog’s food!) and the route will take us from the flat plains to the mountains. Hopefully we’ll see the Northern Lights as it is within the Arctic Circle. I better remember to pack my hat and gloves, brrr!
Watch this page as I will be keeping you up to date on all of my fundraising antics and of course the expedition itself!
I would be very grateful for any donations, big or small, that can be made. Thank you for your support!