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Over 30 take part in hospice fire walk

Over 30 take part in hospice fire walk

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:18am 15th May 2019.

At least £2,000 has been raised for an Aylesbury hospice, thanks to a hot challenge.

32 brave volunteers aged from 11 to 70 years took on the challenge of walking across four metres of burning hot embers at a Fire Walk at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Friday evening, to raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice.

With temperatures exceeding 600°C, a Fire Walk requires careful mental preparation, so the evening included an hour of motivational and psychological training before the Fire Walk itself, which took place in front of an audience of around 100 family and friends.

Harry Mackintosh is just 12 years old and was one of five children under 14 who went across the hot coals three times.

"I thought it would be quite fun to walk on fire. I thought it would be quite hard, but it was actually really fun."

FNHC Fire Walk
The charity says at least £2k has been raised

Laura Miller said:

"I liked it so much I did it twice!.

"My dad has recently had some respite care at the Hospice and they're working closely with him. It was really important to me when I saw the work that they were doing and I had no idea that it was completely charity-funded, I thought the NHS also funded it.

"So as soon as I realised that, and saw firsthand the important work they did, I just felt compelled to do something, anything, and if that meant walking on fire, then so be it!"

FNHC Fire Walk
The Fire Walk took place at Aylesbury Rugby Club

Denise Hunter (70) took part with her step-daughters and was the first person to go.

"I wanted to go first actually.

"I signed up, and then I persuaded these two to sign up. They are such brilliant people at the Hospice and they helped us as well as their dad."

So far, the Charity estimates the event has raised around £2,000 in sponsorship.

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