Breaking News – Oz Double for The Helen Foundation

December 1, 2015

thf_mairheadWhat a super weekend of fund-raising for The Helen Foundation! Two brilliant THF supporters, both working in Australia right now, have helped raise over £1000 each for the charity.

thf_muse_setlistOne of them bid the highest on charity eBay for the MUSE signed and framed memorabilia from the band’s Download Festival.

They paid £1100 for the item, donated to the Foundation by their Patrons, MUSE.



The second ran a half marathon near Sydney and was sponsored for over £1000 by well-wishers. Mairead Gillespie knew Helen when they were both growing up in Shaldon and when Helen died, vowed that when she could, she would do something to benefit the charity set up in Helen’s name. She wrote on her fund-raising page,

“Arts Charities such as The Helen Foundation really do matter – the Arts are a vital ingredient to the health of our society. My sister Caitlin and I had the pleasure of knowing Helen personally, through our local youth theatre. She touched both of us with her talent, commitment and passion and was an inspiration to all who met her.”

And of the run itself, Mairead says:

“It was a great run. The final 6K were very tough as my legs started to fatigue but I felt strong and without injury-related aches or pains, the views were inspiring, running around a river estuary (just like home) I saw lots of bird life, some pelicans and parrots swooping around. It was cloudy with a breeze so I didn’t get too hot, but afterwards I went and sat on a surf beach nearby and watched the sea and the sun started to shine.”

The Foundation thanks very much indeed both Oz-based supporters and all those who have contributed to the charity throughout the year. In 2015, the Foundation has benefited over 3,000 young people across Teignbridge through supporting major arts projects, arts-based workshops in schools, individual bursaries and The Helen Foundation Award presented in many school across the district.

As the 10 th anniversary of Helen’s death, on Boxing Day 2005, approaches, there may be some who would like to donate to the charity in her memory, using The Helen Foundation’s Virgin Money Giving account. If you would like to support The Helen Foundation and make a donation click here

Pictured is Mairead Gillespie on an Australian beach.

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