Fearless folk hot-footed it across coals of up to 1200°F at Shooting Star Chase’s Fire Walk in Chiswick Park in November – and raised a huge £20,000 and counting for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
A total of 79 brave walkers – including corporate supporters and families cared for by Shooting Star Chase – put their courage to the test at our third Fire Walk, which was part of Chiswick Park’s annual firework night. Attended by thousands and organised by Enjoy-Work, the free event featured live entertainment, food, drinks, music and a spectacular fireworks display.
Our courageous fire walkers received training from founder of Time 4 Change, Cliff Mann, 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.
Kate Law, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase and organiser of the Fire Walk said:
“This year’s Fire Walk was another fantastic night and we are so proud of everyone who took part. There were some scared participants at the start of the challenge but once they made it across the coals you could see how ecstatic they were to have conquered their fears. The amazing fundraising efforts of everyone involved 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.”
Samantha Ginn, who has raised a total of £2,500 for Shooting Star Chase by getting a tattoo of Professor Popplepants, shaving her head and taking part in the Fire Walk said: “I can’t believe I did it! The Fire Walk was the last of my three challenges for Shooting Star Chase and although I was really nervous before I had my head shaved, I was probably a bit more petrified before the Fire Walk. But I was absolutely fine and I’m so pleased I faced my fears. Raising funds for Shooting Star Chase has been a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful to everyone who has donated.”
The charity’s hot coal hoppers received a Shooting Star Chase t-shirt and a commemorative medal for taking part.
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