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Blind Nigel walks 15 miles and raises £1200 for Rowcroft Hospice

12 September 2014

Friend of Rowcroft, Nigel Timbrell, walked 15 miles to raise funds for Rowcroft last Friday 5 September.

Nigel is completely blind, but managed to complete the course with only the use of his cane for guidance. By doing so he raised a massive £1200 in sponsorship.

Nigel was waved off on his journey by Councillor Julien Parrott, Chairman of the Friends of Rowcroft Pat Goss and Rowcroft staff early in the morning.

His 15 mile route took him from Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay to Lily’s Café in Paignton and back again.

On returning just over 7 hours later, Nigel said: “I chose to do the walk because I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money for Rowcroft. It went absolutely fine, but my feet are a bit sore.”

Nigel was welcomed back to Rowcroft by his wife Elizabeth, who supported him throughout the venture, along with trustees, staff, volunteers, Torbay Councillors and Kevin Foster, Conservative campaigner for Torbay, all of whom cheered him in with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Julien Parrott, Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, said: “I think Nigel’s amazing, and it’s great to see what wonderful things people do to raise money for Rowcroft.”

For more information on how to volunteer to raise funds in aid of Rowcroft Hospice, contact Heather Norman-soderlind at

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