A Rayleigh mum has gone to ‘great heights’ to raise money for two charities that support her family.
Heather Collins abseiled 160ft down St Thomas’ Hospital on Saturday 11th September to raise money for Little Havens and The Cardiology Kids Campaign – a ‘Children’s Heart Fund’ at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which fund medical equipment for children with heart conditions. Both organisations have cared for her son Ellis, 3.
Ellis has Tricuspid Atresia, an incurable heart condition and has so far had two open heart surgeries. Shortly after he was born, Ellis was referred to Little Havens, which supports local children and their families living with complex or incurable conditions.
Heather, 33, says, “The abseil was exhilarating! There was such a lovely buzz at the event with 400 people having signed up across the course of two days. I chose to also take the opportunity to raise money for Little Havens as a token of our gratitude to them.
“It’s not something I’ve ever done before and the feeling of leaning yourself over the edge was pretty nerve wracking but I really enjoyed the journey down.”
Heather has already raised more than £1,300 for her two chosen charities.
“It was very emotional hearing Ellis cheering me on over the microphone, telling me he loved me too! I’d encourage anyone to step out of their comfort and do something totally out of character but incredibly worthwhile for some amazing causes.”
Little Havens provides its specialist care and support completely free of charge, which is only possible thanks to kind people making donations and taking on events such as sponsored abseils. The charity has a host of challenges that supporters can sign up to.
Heather says, “For anyone thinking of taking on a challenge like this for Little Havens I would absolutely say go for it. The hospice has made a massive difference to us especially since lockdown. It feels like a safe place for our a family, a home from home. We feel privileged that we receive so much support at no cost at all, so this challenge was my way of saying thank you.”
To find out more on fundraising challenges organised by Havens Hospices, or to get sponsored for your own event, follow the charity on social media @HavensHospices
Published 16th September 2021