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The Athena Network NE Hampshire Abseiling for Brainwave :: Update

Brainwave_theoOn Saturday 11th June 2016, Regional Director; Rachel Maunder and members of The Athena Network braved the dizzy heights of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth by abseiling down it, to raise money for the charity Brainwave.

The money raised was for five-year-old Theo from Winchester, who has just taken his first steps, and has been given the chance of further independence by the brave business women of Hampshire. They are connected to  the Petersfield, Haslemere, Alton & Liphook groups of The Athena Network.

Theo has been diagnosed with West Syndrome, which is a form of epilepsy. He also has global development delay and severe learning difficulties. The group abseiled 90m down the Spinnaker tower on 11 June and have raised £3,942 to date, which enables Theo to continue in the therapy programme provided by the children’s charity Brainwave.

Rachel Maunder, Regional Director of the NE Hants/Surrey Borders Athena Network explains how she first learned about Theo: “I run a number of networking groups and one of my members who works for the charity Brainwave challenged us to do something ‘outside the box’ to raise money for the charity. I came up with the idea of abseiling down the Spinnaker tower and invited members of the Athena network to join me. Nine of us have signed up for the challenge which we hope will raise enough money to enable Theo to attend Brainwave for another year.”

Since December 2015, Theo has been taking part in a specially devised therapy programme which is helping to develop his knowledge, understanding and communication. The programme has also enabled Theo to improve his balance and to have more functional use of his hands.

Rachel Maunder adds: “Myself and some of the other members from The Athena network were so inspired by Brainwave’s excellent work that we set ourselves a challenge to raise the money needed to provide a further year’s therapy for Theo.

Here is a selection of photos from the day and a video from Athena member Barbara Murrell. Enjoy…














Anybody who would like to contribute towards Theo’s care at Brainwave can find out more at


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