An adventurous Teignbridge twosome is preparing to trek the world-famous Inca Trail to raise funds for Rowcroft Hospice.

Lorraine Youdle, 59-years-old from Kingsteignton, and Chloe Mawson, 63-years-old from Dawlish Water, decided to take on the challenge with two friends to celebrate their 60th birthdays.

The pair will travel to Cusco in Peru to begin the trek on Saturday 5 August.

They will begin the Inca Trail to the world’s most important archaeological find, Machu Picchu, at 3,300m altitude and trek for five days – all to raise funds for people living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon.

Chloe explained: “Lorraine’s mum passed away in Rowcroft in 2005, my Dad also benefitted greatly from hospice care, and I’ve lost my Mum and partner since signing up for the challenge so part of my motivation is to complete it in their memory. We also both have friends who have come to the end of their lives in Rowcroft and also friends who work, or have worked there.

She added: “As Learning Disability nurses, we have also worked closely with Rowcroft staff in supporting numerous vulnerable people towards the end of their lives. We have no doubts about the amazing work done there.”

To prepare, the adventurous fundraisers have been walking, walking and walking, explained Lorraine: “We’ve been doing further, longer and higher walks, breaking in new boots, adapting to walking poles and carrying heavy rucksacks with two litres of water.

“We are most nervous about altitude sickness, the three flights we must take to get there and trekking for five days when we are tired and exhausted!”

While training, Lorraine and Chloe have also been raising funds for Rowcroft, their total currently stands at £3,505.59.

Chloe explained: “We’ve organised coffee mornings, cake bakes, barbeques, raffles, a cocktail night, ploughman’s evening, craft and produce sales, set up Just Giving pages and done many, many bucket collections!”

Lorraine added: “The whole experience of fundraising has been amazing, particularly because of people’s kindness and generosity. It is touching to hear people’s stories and experiences. Never did we hear a negative comment about Rowcroft. Everyone knew of and appreciated the hospice, its cause, and fantastic work; they would often go out of their way to donate.”

Rowcroft has a portfolio of challenge events available for extreme fundraisers, including skydive days, mountain treks and an Arctic survival challenge.

The hospice is also able to support people such as Chloe and Lorraine with independent fundraising challenges.

Community Fundraising Manager, Rosey Oakes, explained: “We know that many fundraisers are looking to take on activities that push their physical, mental and fundraising efforts to the limits!

“For those people we have a number of unique challenges available, or can offer them fundraising support for their own expeditions.”

To view Rowcroft’s full selection of extreme UK and overseas fundraising challenges visit or for more information email Community Fundraising Manager Rosey Oakes




Rowcroft Hospice has announced registration for its new family-friendly sponsored 5k, the Bubble Rush, is NOW OPEN and is offering the first 500 adults to sign up £5 off their entry fee by entering discount code WOSWBUBBLE17.

The Bay’s bubbliest 5k is bursting into Torbay Velopark, Paignton, on Saturday 9 September, replacing Rowcroft’s previously popular event, The Colour Rush Paignton.
The fun run with a difference invites families with children over three-years-old to walk, dance or even toddle their way around an easy 5k route while being showered in thousands of colourful bubbles.

Daniel Robson, Rowcroft’s Events Manager, explained: “We are so excited to be bringing this bubbly, frothy and colourful 5k to South Devon!

 “Entry is open to everyone over three-years-old and the route is smooth, flat and easy, making it the perfect challenge for all the family!

 “We have a full day of fun planned from 11am, with music from The Breeze, a delicious selection of food and drinks stalls and the 5k itself – with cannons blowing bubbles up to four feet high along the route!”

 Rowcroft is delighted to be offering the first 500 adults the chance to sign up for the frothy 5k at a discounted rate, and to have introduced its first ever family event ticket.

Daniel explained: “Full price tickets for the Bubble Rush cost £20 per adult, £8 per child (aged 3 – 16-years-old) and we’re excited to have introduced our first family ticket for two adults and two children at a cost of £40.

 “We’re also delighted to be offering the first 500 adults who sign up the chance to do so for a discounted rate and would urge anyone wanting to take advantage of this offer to sign up as soon as possible!”

 Rowcroft’s Bubble Rush registration fee covers the event’s running costs but the hospice then asks that families raise as much in sponsorship as possible to help local families living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon to share precious time together.

 Rachael Bryett, Rowcroft’s Head of Fundraising, explained: “In 2016 Rowcroft suffered a drastic funding shortfall and though we have regained financial stability we still need the local community to raise as much as possible to help secure the hospice’s long-term future.

 “By signing up to take part in the Bubble Rush you will be helping to support thousands of local families who need your help!”

Sign up for the Bubble Rush today at and use discount code WOSWBUBBLE17 to get £5 off your entry fee. But hurry! This code is only eligible for the first 500 adults who sign up!







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