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.
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!
The kind-hearted Cawsey family have brewed up nearly £300 for us after holding a cake sale in Cheltenham’s Promenade.
Dad Gary, who runs The Green Coffee Machine, was joined by wife Julie and daughter Lola who cooked up a host of tasty cakes to sell for Heidi’s Heroes.
The Green Coffee Machine was decked out with charity balloons and info and a grand total of £270 was raised. Julie heard about us through our annual Swim for Safety event held for local primary schools. A big thank you to the Cawseys for their generous support.
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.