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 hour-long sessions at Cheltenham Ladies College Sports Centre run from 9.30 am to 10.30 am and from 8 pm to 9 pm. They are led by cancer-trained 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.
Cheltenham barber Mikee Eliades is in training for the gruelling Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 in June to raise money for Heidi’s Heroes.
Thjr 35-year-old triathlete who runs Jim’s Barber Shop in Bath Road, will swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and finish with a half marathon.
He’s hoping to raise at least £1,000 for us and is appealing for his customers, friends and bellow athletes at Tri Team Glos, to support him.
Read the full story on our news page
Cheltenham Geography teacher Froy Litherland is in training to run 52 miles along the Cotswold Way to raise money for Heidi’s Heroes in June.
Froy, 35, is taking part in the Heineken Race to the Tower, an Ultra Marathon, 24 hour challenge on Saturday June 8th. The race starts near Stroud at 8am and finishes at Broadway Tower. Froy is aiming to complete the double marathon in less than 12 hours.
Find out more and donate on our news page.
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.