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Helena (right) training in the Brecon Beacons with friends
Helena (right) training in the Brecon Beacons with friends

Internal News - 23 November 2005

Pharmacist to climb mountain in aid of local charity

Helena Hodges, a pharmacist in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, will soon be setting off on the challenge of a lifetime to raise over £4,000 for local charity Julian House.

Early next month, Helena will start a 50 mile trek up Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895m (19,340ft).

“I have been deliberating this trek for several years and have finally plucked up the courage to accept my own challenge!” said Helena.

“I will be paying my own airfare and trekking costs, so all the money I raise will go to Julian House.

“This is not a holiday; there are no scenic safaris and very little free time. Twenty-four hours of acclimatisation, then it’s off on the ascent.

“From about 12,000 feet the effects of the altitude will start to be felt and a two-day headache begins.”

Julian House is the leading provider of support to homeless men and women in West Wilts and B&NES.

A large part of their resources are devoted to helping clients with underlying problems, which force them to use their facilities.

“Julian House is trying to tackle the problems, relating to homelessness, on a number of fronts,” said Helena.

“Sometimes this involves taking risks but, with an average life expectancy of 42, if they don’t take risks some of their clients will never get the chance to break the vicious cycle of life on the streets.”

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