A marathon effort – Sally and Steve Rooke’s fundraising adventure

The couple are taking part in our Abseil at Eastnor Castle before Sally runs the London Marathon for us

A Hospice supporter who is not a fan of heights is throwing herself from the top of Eastnor Castle this Easter – and has roped her husband in as well.

Instead of a meal or chocolates, Sally Rooke surprised other half Steve on Valentine’s Day by revealing they’d both be spending Easter Saturday scaling the 100ft drop from Eastnor Castle’s north turret.

‘I’m not great with heights,’ said Sally.

‘But we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year for our 25th wedding anniversary and I’ve climbed the likes of Scafell Pike, England’s highest pike, so I have faced my fears.’

Steve said the Valentine’s Day present was ‘a shock’ but added he’s looking forward to the day.

The St Michael’s Hospice-led abseil, which is nearing a sell-out, comes just three weeks before the couple, from Much Marcle, take part in the London Marathon, with Sally also raising funds by St Michael’s on that day.

‘It’s my first London Marathon,’ she said. ‘I ran the Manchester Marathon a couple of years ago. The training’s going well but I’ll definitely be more nervous doing the abseil.’

Steve is a veteran marathon runner who has run eight marathons, including London six times. Both are keen runners and members of Ledbury Harriers.

The couple have a close connection to the Hospice. Sally’s father was cared for by St Michael’s staff before he died in 2009.

Then, a couple of months later, Steve’s stepfather died at the Hospice.

Sally is running the London Marathon in memory of India Wilkinson, the 19-year-old whose video called Inside My Head, made at St Michael’s Hospice shortly before she died in December, went viral.

Sally’s fundraising pages for both events can be found here:



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