Helen Jones is taking on an extraordinary A4D Challenge this summer!
The lofty, 4000-meter-plus Dome Des Ecrins will be capped in snow when she makes her attempt at the summit this July. It has been her ambition for the last three years, and after an attempt last summer, she is returning to France for another go!
A long road to the Dome
But for Helen, who is in her 50s, the challenge will not start at basecamp in July but began over 17 months ago. After a series of medical complications, Helen decided to join her local gym. Since then, she has undergone a physical transformation in order to get ready for the climb.
“To cut the story short, I took on a personal trainer and never looked back. To date, I have lost almost 5 stones (hence selling my old but still good walking gear) and have dropped 4 dress sizes.”
Although having always enjoyed the outdoors, Helen says this is the fittest she has ever been!
This will be Helen’s second attempt at reaching the top after a failed attempt in 2017. However, this time she will be accompanied by our very own Jerry Gore. Jerry is himself working back from a serious neck injury sustained last summer. They will certainly make an inspiring duo on the slopes!
Experience of Type 1 Diabetes
As a Nurse, Helen has helped care for people with Type 1 Diabetes and understands that the work A4D do is vital.
“I have seen many examples of how Type 1 Diabetes affects people’s lives. But in the UK we are fortunate, we have free access to doctors and hospitals. Treatment is never far away. People in other countries are not so lucky.
“Children especially need to receive treatment because they have the greatest future. and Type 1 Diabetes is treatable! I think the work that A4D has done so far is amazing and with continued support, they will achieve much more.”