Helen’s fearless fundraising
Fearless Helen Howe is used to doing scary things to raise money for her favourite charity National Star.
Helen, who is co-owner of Cheltenham’s Lumière Restaurant with husband and head chef Jon, stepped out of her comfort zone in 2015 by taking part in National Star’s Gloucestershire’s Star Talent.
Helen had just six months to perfect her special act – the iconic dance routine from Dirty Dancing. She then performed it in front of a packed audience and panel of judges at Cheltenham Town Hall.
She admits to finding the experience nerve-wracking. But that was nothing compared to the moment she jumped out of a plane in May 2017 to raise money for National Star. Helen and a team of nine, including mum Teressa Aubrey, Lumière waiting staff and friends, joined her to do the tandem skydive as part of the 50 skydives taking place to celebrate National Star’s 50th anniversary year.
It all started when Helen and Jon visited National Star and saw first-hand how the charity supports young people with complex disabilities and acquired brain injuries, enabling them to fulfil their potential.
‘We got the chance to see what National Star are all about and where the money they work so tirelessly to raise goes,’ Helen says.
‘If you see what they do you can’t not support them. It’s an incredible charity.’
As part of their fundraising in 2017, Helen and Jon have held a sold out wine matching dinner at Lumière and hosted a celebrity chef cake off competition. They have raised a stupendous £6,926!
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