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Firewalk expected to raise a scorching £15,000 for Southend Hospital

09 October 2019

Fundraising

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 different."

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.