Mum Heather to raise funds for ill colleague

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 March 2016

Galina Barskaya

A Budleigh Salterton mother is gearing up for a sporting challenge in aid of a colleague who was diagnosed with a terminal disease.

Play therapist Heather Jenkin, 38, of Meadow Road, will be cycling, kayaking and swimming on Saturday, May 14.

She is hoping to raise funds for a friend, known as ‘Nicky’ who, in January this year, was told she had terminal bowel cancer, which had spread to her liver.

Heather is ‘determined’ to take on the challenge for her friend and has managed to fit in her preparations around her other commitments.

She said: “I have got a lot of determination to do this for Nicky because she is keen on sport. I do really like exercise, but haven’t had the chance with my two kids.

“It’s about setting up a comfort zone and making it fit in with my lifestyle.”

Heather has done several fundraising challenges before, including taking part in a Race for Life in Exeter.

She has been helped in her preparations by husband Olly, 39, and children Sonny, six, and three-year-old Fynn.

Sonny and Fynn have been sitting in Heather’s bike trailer to help her get ready for the challenge.

Heather will be joined by co-worker Di Gammage when they set off on their bikes from Exmouth along the Estuary Trail.

They will cycle to Topsham, where they will board the ferry to the Turf Locks, before continuing their cycle to Double Locks in Exeter.

Six-year-old Sonny will attempt to join mum Heather and Di as they kayak along the River Exe to the Riverside Leisure Centre.

The last leg of the challenge will be a swim at the leisure facility’s pool.

Heather is looking for people to join her in the challenge on Saturday, May 14, and anyone who is interested should email

Anyone wishing to donate can ring Heather on 07595503440.

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