Feb 24 2011 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
HAMILTON Accies midfielder Gavin Skelton this week said his TV presenter sister Helen’s daring Comic Relief stunts have given their mother sleepless nights.
Helen (27), one of the stars of BBC’s Blue Peter, will on Monday, February 28, attempt to become the first person to high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in aid of Sport Relief.
Helen will be over 216 feet in the air at the iconic London landmark, walking a 150metre gap on a piece of wire 18mm thick, using an 8m balancing pole weighing 8kg.
Last year Helen completed a 2000-mile kayak along the Amazon river, becoming the first woman to do so.
Gavin (29) says he has no idea where Helen got the idea for her daredevil stunt but said she has been training hard in France for six months.
He said: “Helen seems to have done quite a lot for Sport Relief but I don’t really know where this one has come from.
“She has been training for six months and training hard, so I’m sure she’s well prepared.
“I’m okay with it all but I think our mum has had a few sleepless nights – I think she’s more nervous about it than Helen is!
“I speak to Helen on the phone quite a lot but she doesn’t seem to have mentioned much about this.
“It’s a daunting thing to do, and not something I would be keen on as I don’t like heights like that.
“Helen has no real background in this and it’s weird because it has come completely out of the blue, but I’m sure she’s had good training. She’s been off to some remote places in France and things like that, so I’m sure she will be fine.”
Gavin will watch the stunt on TV but admits it might be through the gaps between his fingers.
He said: “I’ll be watching on TV but some of the family are going down there to watch her on the day – and I think I’ll be a bit more nervous then.”
While Gavin is proud of his famous sister he says they don’t really focus on what each other does for a living.
“Helen has done really well,” he said, “but it’s not something I really think about, in the same way that she doesn’t really think about me being a footballer.
“Helen did a lot of local radio and telly and got an opportunity on Blue Peter, which she has taken and is doing really well.
“She comes up to see me play sometimes and was at our game against Motherwell on Saturday.
“She likes football, but normally goes to Carlisle when she watches it.”
Helen’s stunt will be shown on two Blue Peter specials on BBC1 on March 7 and 8.
People can back Helen’s stunt and donate to Comic Relief by visiting: www.rednoseday.com/donate/helen-skelton