Helen plans big charity challenge

Helen Aitchison with fitness trainer Mark Nicol. She is training for the Coast to Coast walk for Focus 12.
Helen Aitchison with fitness trainer Mark Nicol. She is training for the Coast to Coast walk for Focus 12.
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HAVING had her head up in the clouds earlier this year, super fund-raiser Helen Aitchison is making sure she’ll have her feet firmly on the ground as she plans her next tough endeavour.

Helen, 38, lost more than three stone to get down to the weight which it made it possible to do a skydive to raise money for Focus 12, the Bury St-Edmunds-based charity, which provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Now the Thurston mum aims to complete the 192-mile Coast to Coast walk over 12 days in March/April, from St Bede’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby and raise at least £1,000 for Focus 12.

She will be accompanied by Alec Hawkes, from Aylesbury, whom she met at the skydive, and the pair have teamed up for another charity challenge.

It will require Helen, who has now lost four-and-half-stone, to be fitter than ever and she is indebted to local personal trainer Mark Nicol for allowing her to take part in one of his fitness programmes and ‘boot camp’ at Clarice House in Bury St Edmunds.

“It really is so motivational. It makes you commit,” said Helen, who has to attend the outdoor bootcamp weekly for a month as well as being guided by Mark on general fitness and diet.

Sponsor her at: www.justgiving.com/alec-hawkes1 and see more on Mark on www.marknicol.co.uk