‘What­ever your age, there’s an ad­ven­ture for you’

The de­sire to help oth­ers took TV pre­sen­ter He­len Fospero on an ex­cit­ing ad­ven­ture

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Ilove life. I know from wit­ness­ing tragic events in my ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist how frag­ile it is, and I’m lucky that gen­er­ally my cup over­flows. But when I turned 50, I felt wracked by a fear of suc­cumb­ing to a less ex­cit­ing life. So em­barked on a mis­sion to prove to my­self that my sixth decade would be fun and ex­cit­ing. Most im­por­tantly, I would try to make a dif­fer­ence.

I’ve been an am­bas­sador for the char­ity Barnardo’s for sev­eral years, and a few months ago, I was asked to lead a team of eight ex­plor­ers on a fundrais­ing trek to the Arc­tic wilder­ness of north­ern Fin­land.

I did won­der if I had bit­ten off more than I could chew. But a few days be­fore I left, I vis­ited a Barnardo’s cen­tre and saw the work they were do­ing with chil­dren who needed sup­port. Teenagers were learn­ing maths and English, as well as prac­ti­cal skills like dec­o­rat­ing and plumb­ing, all in a calm en­vi­ron­ment. I knew then I could meet the chal­lenge.

The aim was to raise funds and aware­ness of the in­cred­i­ble work Barnardo’s does. I hope my ex­pe­ri­ence of learn­ing to drive a husky sled, build­ing an igloo and cross-coun­try ski­ing will in­spire oth­ers to take on a chal­lenge of their own.

What­ever your age, there’s an ad­ven­ture out there for you, and you can do some good at the same time. We raised more than £10,000, and had the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

‘I hope my fundrais­ing chal­lenge will in­spire peo­ple,’ says He­len

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