Please back my Mail Trail journey

Torbay Weekly

South Devon businessman Rob Burkitt aims to ‘clean up’ for Rowcroft Hospice by tackling its Male Trail in memory of his dad Bill.

Rob, who owns oven valeting service Ovenu Newton Abbot, is appealing to his many clients to sponsor him in the event, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Torquay-based hospice.

This year the Male Trail is held on Saturday 12th March and is open to all, not just men. Starting at Torquay Rugby Club, participants will follow an eight-mile route around the town before returning to the club to be welcomed with a pint and a pasty to watch the Six Nations Rugby.

Rob, who lives in Torquay, said: “I signed up for this special anniversary event in memory of my dad Bill, who received support from the hospice’s community support team shortly before he passed away aged 84 in December 2020.

“They provided comfort to both him and our family, and I want to raise as much money as I can for this tremendously worthwhile charity that relies on the community for the majority of its funding.

“I launched Ovenu Newton Abbot a few months before my dad passed away and I’m grateful that he got to see me establish my own business.”

The 35-year-old, who is on the board of Torquay United Supporters’ Trust, added: “Sadly, I know first-hand the vital role this hospice plays, so I hope my many clients will sponsor me and allow me to really shine in terms of money raised!”

As well as the town, Ovenu Newton Abbot also covers Teignmouth, Dawlish, Ashburton. Bovey Tracey, Chagford and Moretonhampstead.

Rowcroft Hospice provides its services to those with life-limiting illness over 18 years old, and their families, free of charge, supporting over 2000 patients and their families each year across 300 square miles of South Devon.

A spokesperson for Rowcroft Hospice said: “We really appreciate Rob signing up for the Male Trail and we are appealing to as many people as possible to follow his example and join in with friends and family to help us make a real difference in their communities.”

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