Teignmouth local, Heather Woolner takes on 350km challenge across “The Land of the Kings” raising funds for Rowcroft.

On 9th November, 23 year old Heather Woolner from Teignmouth will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime, raising funds for Rowcroft hospice. Heather decided to fundraise for the local charity after her mother; Katherine was cared for by the Rowcroft team in her final days of life.

Heather explains why she is taking on the cycle challenge; After my mum passed away in January 2017, I found myself a bit lost and confused and I needed something to focus my energy on. Rowcroft Hospice ensured that my mum was comfortable, happy and at home when she passed away and I wanted to give something back. My mum would have loved the opportunity to visit a country so rich in culture so I’m taking my mum with me in my heart. I know she will be there with me, right by my side the whole way.”

Heather will be bravely venturing off the beaten track across the hill and desert landscapes of Rajasthan, aiming to cover 350km over 5 days in challenging conditions. Heather continues;

“I think the emotional challenge will be the most difficult. The extreme change of culture will be quite a shock, I know. Not only will it be extremely hot but we will be cycling all day, every day and I know that the finish is going to be an emotional one.  I don’t think you can really prepare mentally for something so extreme, it’s going to be tough but I know I have the love and support from my friends and family to help me. My amazing dad has been the backbone of my training, keeping me motivated and joining me on training rides.”

Fundraising revenue from challenges such as this provide vital funds which allow Rowcroft to provide care and support to almost 2,500 patients living with life limiting illnesses and their families every year.

Rosey Oakes, Community Fundraising Manager for Rowcroft said, “Heather has been working so hard, not only with her training but by raising vital funds for Rowcroft through this challenge. So far, she has raised over £3000, an amount which could pay for our Hospice at Home Team services for a whole day! It is really inspiring when people take on these challenges and we are so grateful to Heather for her support. If you would like to help Heather reach her target, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HeatherWoolner

If Heather’s story has inspired you to get involved in a challenge, visit our challenges page on our website to find the adventure that’s right for you! You can make a difference to our patients and their families too.


To find out more about Rowcroft’s challenge events, visitwww.rowcrofthospice.org.uk or call Rosey on 01803 210835.

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