Published on: Thursday 01 Nov 2018 at 10:46
Our Autumn Firewalk saw dozens of families come and cheer on our brave fire-walkers at the Hospice!
We hosted our ‘Autumn Firewalk’ challenge event on Sunday 28th October, which saw hospice supporters put their bravest foot forward to conquer the coals in aid of St Clare.
This scorching fundraiser raised more than £2,500 in vital funding for St Clare – sponsorship money donated by daring Firewalk participants that will go towards our specialist palliative care for those living with a life-limiting illness, and their relatives, in the community.
The adrenaline-powered challenge was hosted at the Hospice itself, in Hastingwood. After attending a motivational training session, which saw local people take on awe-inspiring feats (including breaking wooden slabs with their bare hands, and snapping wooden arrows on their neck!), the brave hospice supporters lined up to walk barefoot over red-hot wood embers, smouldering at over 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hospice Director of Income Generation, Cheryl Armitage, was one of the fire-walkers to take part in the event. Cheryl commented:
“This was an experience that will stay with me forever! When I approached the fire, in full blaze when I arrived at 3pm, I thought that there was no way I could take on this challenge. However, after the amazing training session, and seeing the fire had calmed down to grey and red embers, I just had to think about all the people I was walking for – all the incredibly brave people we support here at St Clare. Taking the first step was so strange, completely going against my instincts. Yet, once I conquered my fear and walked across the hot coals, I felt like I could take on anything! An amazing event for an amazing local cause. I would urge anyone who hasn’t done it to give it a go with us next year!”
Take part in a challenge for St Clare
For more information on taking on a challenge for St Clare, visit our website at stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/challenges