Clare's Story

Meet one of our amazing fundraisers, Clare. Clare and her Dad have both been patients at Royal Papworth Hospital and this is what inspired Clare to raise funds for the Charity to support the Hospital’s vital research.

Royal Papworth became a big part of Clare and her family’s life in 1997 when her dad (Now 72) had his first heart attack at the young age of 50. Clare is now 48 and has had the odd blip with her heart (Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation) over the last 15 years. 

Clare tells us, “Papworth have supported us both through this and it is time for me to pay back by raising as much money as I can for them and the good work that they do.”

“My family has had the best care from this hospital and without that specialist care I would have missed the opportunity of   sharing an additional 22 years of my Dad's life, the age of my grown up daughter. He never had that opportunity as he lost his Dad at 47 to heart disease. I have many friends and family that have lost loved ones to heart disease and I would like to raise funds to ensure that precious research continues in this area. “                                

Life is precious and something never to be taken for granted.”

Clare is a keen swimmer and has raised money for the Charity by taking on some big swims. She swam as a team from   Northern Ireland to Scotland and back in June 2016 gaining a Guinness World Record along the way. She has also swam the English Channel 5 times. Her recent swims saw her complete the 42 mile Catalina Strait swim in August of this year which is a swim from San Pedro, California USA to Catalina Island and this was the 2nd of the Oceans 7, 7 of the hardest swims in the world.

“I love our OW Ladies Relay Team as we are simply a group of middle aged women proving that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it!”

The Charity are so grateful to Clare for all of the hard work and determination she has shown to help raise vital funds for the Charity.


Visit Clare's JustGiving page today.