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.
for those with cancer and their families
for those coping with bereavement
for children learning to swim
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.
Could you do something to support us?
Maybe you, or a loved one has been helped by our fitness classes for those living with cancer. Has your child learned to swim at our annual Swim for Safety course? Or perhaps you are a Cruse bereavement client or counsellor who has benefitted from one of our bursaries.
If so, maybe you’d like to help raise some money to help us continue our good work.
Whatever your reason – we’d love to hear your fund-raising ideas – as modest or mega as you like
Cheltenham Estate Planning Consultant Peter Vinicombe is revving up his Harley Davidson for a 24-hour, 900 mile ride in aid of Heidi’s Heroes this month.
Peter will set out from Land’s End before dawn on Thursday 23rd August, with the aim of reaching John O’Groats by midnight the same day. And he is hoping to raise at least £1 for every mile he rides – with a total target of £1,000.
You can support Peter, who owns Peace of Mind Estate Planning in Wellington Square, Cheltenham via our donate page or, at
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.