Jo's row

Rowing from London to Oxford
2 Apr 2018

Jo's row

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Joanna Heymann

Total raised


+ £1,544.20 Gift Aid

105 Complete
105% of £10,000.00 target

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To honour the memory of my father, Tim Heymann, and to help beat cancer.

In memory of

Timothy Heymann

05 Oct 1961 - 18 Oct 2016

On 27th April 2018 I took on the challenge of rowing in a single skull from London to Oxford, a distance of 165 km. I've been raising money for Cancer Research in honour of my dad, Tim Heymann, who died from brain cancer in October 2016 when he was just 55. He was an amazing man who was a doctor, a university lecturer and a director of various public bodies. He was much loved by his patients and students, and his many friends and family members.

This is a really challenging trip. It is usually done by boats with eight rowers, which is much easier. Boats also normally row from Oxford to London with the flow of the river, rather than against it. I completed it in three days.

I am an experienced rower so relished this challenge. I rowed for Oxford in the Oxford Cambridge lightweight boat race in 2017. I started by rowing the Boat Race course and continued all the way to Oxford, to be greeted by my friends.

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Gita Singham



+£12.50 Gift Aid

So sorry to hear this. Tim was my consultant a few years back and was an incredibly caring and kind man. x





+£5.00 Gift Aid

Your father treated me with such kindness when I was first diagnosed. What a lovely man you had for a Dad.


Louise Russell



+£5.00 Gift Aid

Very very sorry to hear this sad news. What a significant tribute to you Dad.
With best wishes from Louise and Kate Russell






Stephen Mowatt



I learned of this very sad news today. I was a patient 4 years ago. He led me and supported me through a very difficult time.



Naoko McCabe



+£12.50 Gift Aid

I'm so sorry to hear of Dr Heymann's premature death. I was one of his students, and he was an inspirational lecturer. Thinking of your family.

Total raised£10,590.32



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