Julia Hull is a mature student at UEA in her first year of a Psychology degree. A few weeks into starting her course she stumbled across an opportunity to support the National Autistic Society through climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which had been on her list of places to get to one day.
As she was growing up, her family were members of the St John’s Cathedral parish, and she herself went to St John’s primary, St. Thomas More Middle, and Notre Dame High Schools.
Her family was very much involved with Faith and Light, the network founded by Jean Vanier to support families where a member has a learning disability. They were active on both a local and wider level, as well as providing respite care for various families over many years.
As an adult Julia has worked in schools with children with social, emotional and behavioural challenges, some of whom were autistic. It reinforced her opinion that awareness and understanding were key. The National Autistic Society provides support to individuals and their families, but also has an aim to raise awareness and campaign for change.
“I am a little apprehensive,” said Julia. “This isn’t like anything I’ve ever done before. But the apprehension is totally outweighed by the excitement to get out there and push myself to achieve something amazing.”
So far, she has completed two cycling challenges: a 30-mile ride dressed as a Christmas elf on Christmas Eve (through the wind, hail, and flooded roads), and cycling the length of the world’s longest set of Christmas lights – 75 miles – over the two-week Christmas and New Year period.
Julia’s fundraising target is £2,500. All sponsorship will go to the charity, as she is paying the cost of the trip herself. You can sponsor her via this link:
Pictured above is Julia Hull