Intrepid travellers prepare to tackle Everest for Rowcroft

22 October 2015

A group of intrepid fundraisers are preparing for the trip of a lifetime in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

Joanne Smith, Sandra Harris, Susan Brinsley and her daughter Katherine Brinsley are travelling to Nepal on Saturday 7 November to complete a 19 day trek to the Everest Base Camp.

With the exception of Katherine and Susan the group had previously never met, but all signed up for the trek when they saw it was being offered as an extreme fundraising challenge for Rowcroft.

Joanne Smith explained: “I chose the Everest trek as I wanted to do something different in order to raise big funds and make a huge difference to Rowcroft.

“After looking through ideas on Rowcroft’s website I saw the Everest one and thought, hmm, can't really get much bigger than that!”

She added: “My friend passed away at Rowcroft last year at the young age of 29. Before that I never really understood what Rowcroft did so I wanted to do something to raise much needed funds, but also raise awareness of the charity and what all the wonderful people at Rowcroft do.”

Susan Brinsley, whose late father-in-law was the founding chairman of Rowcroft and whose husband is a Trustee for the hospice, is taking on the challenge in celebration of her 70th birthday with her daughter, Katherine, she said: “I wanted a challenge before the next big birthday and the added bonus was my daughter saying she would like to do it with me.

“I'm looking forward to seeing the spectacular scenery but am apprehensive about the effects of the altitude and also the cold.”

Katherine Brinsley added: “Mum wanted to take on the challenge so I thought it would be nice to do it together. I’m most looking forward to seeing the scenery, everyone I’ve spoken to has said it’s stunning.”

Sandra Harris added: “I signed up because I think Rowcroft does an amazing job; a friend lived his final days there and it was so loving and understanding.”

Together the team of four has already raised an impressive £16,000 for Rowcroft, with the total expected to rise further in the coming weeks.

Community Fundraising Manager, Hayley Norrish, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Katherine, Joanne, Susan and Sandra for taking on the challenge of a lifetime in aid of us and all for their incredible fundraising efforts.

“The money they have raised will help local people with life-limiting illnesses to enjoy the precious time they have together with their friends and family.

“We look forward to hearing all about their adventures and wish them the best of luck for their epic adventure!”

The hospice has recently released details of its extreme fundraising challenges for 2016, including a trek to Kilimanjaro or Ben Nevis. Find out more at an exclusive challenges evening on 30 November from 6pm at Rowcroft Hospice, or visit  

Rowcroft's Brixham shop adopts new £3, £2, £1 sales model
Take on the adventure of a lifetime for Rowcroft Hospice
Rowcroft's dare devil abseil is back for 2018 - and 50ft higher!
Rowcroft launches specialist heart failure service for patients