Helen Skelton-Myler Offers a Lesson in Perseverance

Television presenter, author and adventurer, Helen Skelton-Myler paid a visit to Junior School pupils at Cheadle Hulme School, discussing her new book Amy Wild: Amazon Summer inspired by her 2010 record breaking kayak challenge.


Known for more dare-devil adventures, Helen’s latest challenge sees her publish her first novel this month and pupils we’re enthralled to hear about the exciting inspiration behind it; Helen kayaked the entire length of the River Amazon for Sport Relief 2010, travelling 2,010 miles on a solo journey from Peru to Brazil.


Pupils heard about Helen’s battles with sea-sickness, the dangers of South American wildlife and how she avoided the cargo ships she shared the river with, along with a number of other set-backs she faced along the way.  She also shared one of the “prized-possessions” from the trip, a hand carved oar given to her by villagers on her adventure.


Enthusiastic CHS pupils, along with others from visiting local primary schools, had the chance to quiz Helen about her trip, her book and all her other exciting adventures (including the impeding birth of her first child) before meeting her when she signed copies of her new book.