Hannah’s quest for Jessie

CHALLENGE HANNAH: Hannah Osbourne after completing one of her numerous challenges to raise money for Jessie's Fund. (s)
CHALLENGE HANNAH: Hannah Osbourne after completing one of her numerous challenges to raise money for Jessie's Fund. (s)

An ongoing quest to raise money for a charity that helps seriously ill and disabled children through music therapy was taken up by Hannah Osbourne, who is originally from Clitheroe.

Hannah (29) has completed an impressive schedule of activities and to date, has already raised over £2,500. So far, Hannah, who grew up in Clitheroe and is now a clinical psychologist for the NHS in Basildon, Essex, has run one marathon and two half marathons, undertaken the Great London Swim, walked the Three Peaks in Yorkshire and completed a London to Paris cycle ride.

Hannah first became involved in rasing money for her chosen charity Jessie’s Fund after a good friend from university lost here sister Jessie George, aged just 10, as the result of an inoperable brain tumour.

Jessie’s Fund was established to meet the cost of complementary treatment that had become available in the USA. Unfortunately, Jessie died in May 1994 before her treatment could be undertaken. Jessie’s parents musicians Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George decided that the focus of the charity would be to establish and extend the availability and scope of the therapeutic use of music in children’s hospices, but this has now been extended to many other settings, including schools for children with special needs.

Hannah commented: “I became involved because of my friend, but also because I recognised it as such a worthwhile cause. Music therapy is known to be very beneficial to children who are suffering from cancer or who have other intellectual disabilities.”

She continued: “I decided to try and complete one challenge per month, with a mixture of running and swimming activities as that’s what I do best. I also wanted the challenges to get a bit harder each time. The hardest part so far has been running up a 5,000 ft ascent in the marathon in Dorset. That’s one and a half times the height of Snowdon!”

Hannah is very grateful for the ongoing support and generous donations she has received, especially from the Lancaster Foundation in Clitheroe. To make a donation to Jessie’s Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Osbourne1 or send a donation to: Jessie’s Fund, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET.