Heidi's Heroes | A Cheltenham-based charity that provides practical support, care and courage to people of all ages across
Heidi’s Heroes is a Cheltenham-based charity that provides practical support, care and courage to people of all ages across Gloucestershire when they need it most.
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We’re Heidi’s Heroes a Cheltenham-based charity that provides practical support, care and courage to people of all ages across Gloucestershire when they need it most.

Heidi’s Heroes was launched in 2013 as an ongoing and permanent tribute to Heidi Wood, a former world championship swimmer from Cheltenham, who died of cancer in 2012 aged 51.

In less than two years the charity raised nearly £20,000 from its own events and supporters’ donations and we continue to raise thousands each year.

Find out what we’re doing and where our money goes; support our events; take part in fundraising; make a donation and read our tribute to Heidi.

Our aims are threefold:

Support

for those with cancer and their families

Care

for those coping with bereavement

Courage

for children learning to swim

Evening fitness

Heidi’s Heroes now runs two fitness classes on Mondays in Cheltenham for those living with cancer.

The morning and evening classes, held at Cheltenham Ladies College Sports Centre,are led by Specialist Cancer Physio Clare Lait and Personal Trainer Brendan Ward. They are open to anyone with cancer irrespective of your prognosis.

The classes offer incredible physical, emotional and health benefits as well meeting others in similar situations. Read the full story on our news page.

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Tickets on sale

Tickets for our sparkling Summer Ball are going on sale from March 17th – so get in touch as soon as you can to buy yours.

We’ve a great evening lined up with dancing to The Occasionally Big Band, a three-course meal, a grand raffle and lots of other fun and games.

Ball night is Saturday 16th June at The Double Tree by Hilton in Cheltenham,, with pre-dinner drinks from 7pm. All proceeds go to fund our work with cancer patients, young swimmers and the bereaved. So get your friends, family and work colleagues together – the more the merrier!

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Harley Challenge

Cheltenham Estate Planning Consultant Peter Vinicombe is revving up for a mammoth 24-hour, 900 mile, motorbike ride to clock up thousands of pounds for Heidi’s Heroes.

Peter, an avid Harley Davidson rider, will set out from Land’s End before dawn, with the aim of reaching John O’Groats by midnight the same day – On August 23rd.

A member of the Rolling Hills Harley Davidson Club, Peter, who owns Peace of Mind Estate Planning in Wellington Square, Cheltenham, is inviting family, friends and clients to get behind his One Day Harley Challenge.

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Watch our video!

See for yourselves the great work we are doing on our video!

Watch footage of cancer patients at our weekly fitness classes and hear how the sessions have changed their lives.

Hear how our Cruse Bereavement funding is helping more people cope with their grief after losing a loved one.

Find out how we are teaching hundreds of Cheltenham children  to swim and achieve their 25 metre National Curriculum target.  It will be uploaded any day, so please watch then share the link on social media to help spread the word.

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