Fearless folk hot-footed it across coals of up to 1200°F at Shooting Star Chase’s Fire Walk in Chiswick Park on Wednesday 4 November – raising over £15,000 and counting for sick babies, children and teenagers in London and Surrey.
A total of 85 participants put their courage to the test at our second Fire Walk, which was part of Chiswick Park’s annual firework night. Attended by 5,000 people, the free event featured live entertainment, food, drinks, music and a spectacular fireworks display.
Our courageous fire walkers received training from UK Firewalk founder and 2 x Guinness World Record holder, Scott Bell, just an hour before they braved the heat. The fire walking expert instructed the daredevils how to safely tread the coals, and gave them tips on preparing mentally for the challenge.
Loren Cleaver, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase and organiser of the Fire Walk said:
“The Fire Walk was a fantastic night with a great atmosphere and we’re really proud of all our courageous participants. Their amazing fundraising efforts will help so much in making every moment count for the families we support – and with donations still making their way in our grand total will be even more impressive.”
Participants included some of our awesome nurses and carers, volunteers and corporate partners – as well as a supported mum. Siobhan Rowland from Ruislip, whose family has been cared for by Shooting Star House for three years, said just before her walk:
“My daughter Lexi-Sky was born with severe HIE – which is the worst type of brain damage. I’m doing the Fire Walk because Shooting Star Chase supports us through everything. They just understand what Lexi-Sky is going through and she absolutely loves staying at the hospice for short breaks.
“I want to raise as much money as I can for Shooting Star Chase to give something back. I completed the Stair Climb at Broadgate Tower earlier this year and plan to sky dive next year too. I’ve raised £3,000 so far and I’m so excited to face my next challenge, the Fire Walk. I’m not scared – I’m excited!”
Justin White, a dedicated supporter of Shooting Star Chase recently returned from the Great Wall of China challenge event and also took on the Firewalk:
“I was so incredibly nervous but I did it! It’s a weird feeling because the coals are piping hot but your feet are cold – the whole thing is definitely mind over matter though. I love Shooting Star Chase and doing crazy things to raise money for such a good cause. I’ve raised over £4,000 so far and have signed up to volunteer too.”
The charity’s hot coal hoppers received a Shooting Star Chase t-shirt, a commemorative certificate, a Friendlies pin and a photo keepsake for taking part.