Jade Rogers plans series of challenges for Rowcroft
08 April 2016
Jade Rogers is planning to complete a series of running and cycling challenges across the world during April, all in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.
Jade, who lives in Newton Abbot, is doing the Vienna Marathon, Plymouth Half Marathon and London Marathon on three consecutive weekends, followed by the Thailand Tour of Friendship Cycle Race in Bangkok, between Sunday 10th April and Wednesday 4th May.
Jade decided to raise funds for Rowcroft because her Mum was cared for at the hospice last year. She explained: “I’m raising funds for Rowcroft so that they can continue doing their outstanding work.
“On a day-to-day basis, fortunately most of us don’t have cause to think of the work they are doing, but I can definitely say they make the world of difference to many people in South Devon.”
Jade said it is coincidence the events occur so close together: “I’ve always wanted to run the London Marathon but hadn’t got a place until this year, I’m running the Plymouth Half Marathon with a friend, and I’ve always wanted to visit Vienna - running a marathon there seemed a good excuse!
“I thought the Thailand race might be too soon after the London Marathon but when I found out it starts on the day that would have been my Mum’s birthday I decided to enter anyway.”
The money Jade raises in sponsorship for tackling the challenges will help 2200 people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon every year to spend precious time with their family and friends, receiving the same support that Jade, her Mum and her family were given.
Jade said: “Rowcroft do an outstanding job of caring for people who are often sadly nearing the end of their lives. But they go beyond this. They also care for and support family and friends and are the kindest people I have ever experienced.
“They made a world of difference to my Mum, both during her illness and her final weeks and days at Rowcroft. They do far more than you would expect, both in terms of physical and medical care, but also emotional support. They treat patients with absolute dignity; it seems as if the staff are caring for someone who is a friend, not just a patient.
“They also cared for me at the end of my Mum’s life. I don’t know how we would have coped without them.”
To show your support for Jade and her amazing challenges visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jade-Rogers6.
For more information about taking on a challenge of your choice for Rowcroft, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/challenges or call Hayley Norrish on 01803 210835.