Julia's House Nurse In Charity Abseil
10:04am 6th September 2014
A Julia's House nurse is taking part in the charity's big Portland abseil today.
Claire Hudson-Cooper will be scaling down the side of the iconic Jurassic Cliffs to raise money for Dorset's Children's Hospice.
For Claire the abseil will be just one of an astonishing 40 challenges she is undertaking this year as part of her 40th birthday celebrations.
Instead of inviting people to a party, Claire invited them to come up with a list of tasks she must complete within 12 months - on the understanding that the challenger would have to be prepared to take part too.
"I really wanted to do something special with family and friends to mark my milestone birthday. This way I get to spend quality time with lots of people I care about - and it strings the celebrations out for a whole year!
"Where I can I will be fundraising for Julia's House, too. But whoever sets me a goal also has organise the fundraising. I can hardly ask people to sponsor me forty times in a year!"
Claire is part of the Julia's House South Wiltshire community team which supports families with life-limited children who don't have easy access to a hospice by offering them regular respite care in their own homes.
A keen cyclist and runner, Claire's '40 for 40 ' includes a fair number of physical challenges a sky dive, a ski jump - "terrifying, but I did it!", Ironman Wales, Challenge Weymouth triathlon and the Portland abseil.
Other, gentler items on Claire's to-do list include winning a jam-making competition at a local fete, fly fishing and going on every ride at Thorpe Park. Her children have set up challenges for her, too - cycling round a velodrome with daughter Lily, 12 and round the Isle of Wight with son Freddie, 10.
"Of all the exciting things people have lined up, the challenges with my children are the most special," said Claire, "having some one-to-one time with each of them."
Claire has to complete her challenges by the end of February 2015. "It sounds a long time away, but we are already more than half-way through the year and I still have a lot to tick off the list."