One step at a time for Helen

WALKING 13,000 steps might seem as simple as putting one foot in front of the other for most of us, but for Helen Convery it’s a challenge set to test her to the limit.

That’s because the 38-year-old was born with athetoid cerebral palsy and is largely wheelchair-bound.

However, Helen is determined to rise to the challenge to raise funds for charity.

She has set herself the task of having walked 13,000 steps with the aid of a frame by Sunday, September 9, to coincide with the end of the Paralympic Games in London.

All the sponsorship money she raises will go to the British Paralympic Association.

“I’m finding it very hard,” said Helen, of Backworth. “Some days are easier than others.”

The amount of steps she is doing is the same as the height in feet from which Helen jumped out of a plane in 2010 to raise money for the same organisation.

Helen started her challenge at the beginning of the year and is now nearing the halfway mark, having done 6,203 steps so far around Riverside Park in Durham, over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and along the coast in North Tyneside.

“My favourite part so far has been the Riverside Park,” she said.

“I am just trying to raise as much money as I can so that it can help up and coming Paralympians.

“Some days are OK and some days I think ‘why am I doing this?’, but I hope I can walk 13,000 by September 9 and then we can have a celebration.”

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