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The heat is on as hospital charity launch firewalk challenge

19 June 2019

Fundraising

Southend Hospital Charity launches their hottest challenge to date on Sunday 6 October when presenters at Radio Essex Abbie Norbury, Chris Brooks and Jamie Boyd Ratcliff will take part in the ultimate mind-over-matter challenge. They will be walking on hot coals!

Southend Hospital Charity launches their hottest challenge to date on Sunday 6 October when presenters at Radio Essex Abbie Norbury, Chris Brooks and Jamie Boyd Ratcliff will take part in the ultimate mind-over-matter challenge. They will be walking on hot coals!

The event will take place at Priory Park, Southend (5:30pm - 7:30pm) and Southend Hospital Charity is inviting members of the public to join Abbie, Chris and Jamie to take part in a sponsored firewalking challenge and raise money for a service or ward of their choice.

Abbie said:"Southend Hospital is very close to my heart, having spent a lot of time there when my mum was going through treatment for breast cancer. Firewalking is not something I've done before, but it's something that's always intrigued me, as I love challenging myself. Having said that, I'm glad Chris and Jamie will be there to hold my hand!"

Chris said:"I am really excited about the firewalking challenge and raising money for the hospital. I would like the money that I raise to go to the baby unit, particularly the area that deals with stillbirths."

Jamie said:"Here's to me not getting cold feet before walking on hot coals! For my part, I am going to ask our listeners to choose an existing ward that I should fundraise for. So the ward or department with the highest number of votes wins."

The presenters will set up a Justgiving page and will share the amount raised amongst the three nominated wards equally.

Walking over hot coals covering a distance of 15 - 20ft is the ultimate mind-over-matter challenge.

Laura Mason, Events & Corporate Relations Manager said:"We are thrilled to be launching our new challenge and I hope it fires up the public to get involved. We are incredibly grateful to Radio Essex for their support. The money we raise through events like these makes a huge difference to our patients and we are grateful to everyone who is brave enough to take part."

 

Expert tuition will be given to those who register by Firewalking, Guinness World Record Holder, Scott Bell whose company UK Firewalk will manage the event.

Scott said:"I have been firewalking for around 15 years and have one of the greatest jobs in the world! 

"Why? Because I get to witness people transform from being apprehensive and concerned to a feeling of triumph and achievement. Also, they are normally walking on fire to raise funds for a cause that is close to their hearts or want to help an organisation that has helped them or their family.

"Firewalking helps overcome fear in a fun way and doesn't require the time and physical commitment that many other challenges have. We take thousands of people across fire, every year and this is now your chance to try it."

For a registration pack please call 01702 385337 or email  fundraising@southend.nhs.uk you can also find us on Facebook (Southend Hospital Charity).

Entry fee is £40 and anyone wishing to do the fire walk should raise a minimum of £100 from sponsorship. 100% of all sponsorship money will benefit the ward/department/service of your choice. Participants can set up their own fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/southendhospital

Find out more about firewalking at: https://www.ukfirewalk.com/

This fundraising challenge is sponsored by Radio Essex.