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Hannah to face fear of heights for St Barnabas

Friday 17 January 2020

Littlehampton resident, Hannah Silverson, 42, has set herself the challenge of abseiling 320ft down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in March to raise funds for St Barnabas House who are supporting her mother, Jean Young.

Jean, who also lives in Littlehampton, was referred to the hospice in September 2019, shortly after receiving the devastating news that she had terminal cancer.

Hannah Silverson (right) with her mother Jean Young (left)

Hannah, who works as a school teacher, says, “I’m so proud of my Mum. She has dealt with her illness with such grace, strength and positivity.”

“It was so hard seeing someone you love, look and feel so poorly. My heart broke when we got told the news that the cancer couldn’t be cured, but I have to keep strong.

“Since the diagnosis, St Barnabas have been fantastic with all their support, not just for Mum, but for our family too. We all know that if we need anything, they will be there for us. We don’t feel like we are tackling this alone.”

Hannah is terrified of heights and says she feels “extremely nervous” about taking on an abseil challenge.

“I am going to try and conquer my fear of heights for St Barnabas House and for my mum because I love her so much. It’s incredibly daunting, but when it’s for someone and something so important, you have to step up and try your best.”

With the abseil set to take place on Sunday 29 March, Hannah’s fundraising is well underway.

She has already raised an incredible £1,230 for St Barnabas House, having received an outpouring of kind messages and donations from friends and family which she says has “given the family a boost and put a smile on our faces”.

Jean is very proud of her daughter who she describes as “wonderful, caring, supportive and brave”.

She says, “When Hannah told me about her challenge, I thought WOW! Then, I remembered that she dislikes heights and I began to worry a bit. However, she assures me that although she will be afraid, she is doing it in support of me and my situation. We will be sure to support each other.

“The care that I have received from St Barnabas House has been excellent. I hope the charity continues to get a lot of support in raising funds, allowing more people like me to benefit from its good work.”

Visit Hannah’s Just Giving page