Firewalk expected to raise a scorching £15,000 for Southend Hospital
09 October 2019
There may well have been a chill in the air on Sunday 6 October, but 54 brave individuals were keeping warm by walking across hot coals in Priory Park, raising money for over 30 areas of Southend University Hospital.
Laura Mason, Events & Corporate Relations Manager for
Southend Hospital Charity, who also crossed the flames, said: "It's
great that our first ever charity walk has been such a roaring
success, it's really captured people's imaginations and allowed
people to raise money for the Southend University Hospital ward or
department of their choice by doing something a little bit
Thankfully, even the rain couldn't dampen spirits, or the fire.
This was the first time the hospital charity has run the event, so
the turn-out was flaming brilliant. Some of those taking part
included Westcliff's Dean Ovel, who did his walk after completing a
28 mile ultra-marathon - one would have thought his feet were hot
enough after that distance!
There was also a group of 11 from Railscape, a company who
provide the rail industry with a range of services who have their
head office in Rayleigh, they were certainly on the right track as
they raised in excess of £3,500 between them.
Radio Essex kindly sponsored the event, their breakfast show
presenters Abbie Norbury, Chris Brooks and Jamie Boyd Ratcliff
stepped out of the comfort of the studio over the 15-20 feet of hot
coals - after lighting the flames.
Everyone's feet were in safe hands though as the event was
organised by Guinness World Record Holder, Scott Bell, whose
company UK Firewalk managed the event. It's now hoped that this
fundraising story will generate enough heat to reignite interest in
running it again next year.