Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Nearly 50 people walked over rot hot ashes to raise more than £2,000 for Break charity.
The firewalk event was held at the Letheringsett King’s Head and saw the volunteers have a two-hour motivational session before they stepped out in to the dank dark night - and on to the glowing coals.
Break charity fundraising manager Michael Rooney led by example- doing the event with his daughter Hannah.
He said: “Having persuaded lots of people to take on the challenge of doing the firewalk, I thought I had better do the honourable thing and do it myself! Not only that, I managed to persuade my daughter Hannah to do it as well.
“The whole experience was excellent. I really like the motivational/positive thinking session prior to doing the walk.
“It put us all in a really positive frame of mind and when we walked out to the fire, I personally had no doubt I was going to do it - and Hannah tells me neither did she.
“It’s a great feeling once you have done it, and the buzz is very real. So it was a wonderful experience and made better by the knowledge we were raising funds for Break which changes young lives.”
Among others taking part was a seven-strong team from the College of West Anglia training department, where Emma Goodwin said: “We heard about the firewalk during a B2B Exhibition in Norwich and a number of the team were keen to take part to raise money for Break as we have chosen it as our charity during the year. “Although we were all fairly nervous we found the whole experience exhilarating. It was fun to take part in the two hour motivational training beforehand and we all learnt skills we can take forward into everyday life as well as it helping us to tackle the walk across the glowing cinders.
“We would definitely recommend anybody to take part in this type of event and are all proud we have managed to raise just over £500 for Break.”
Break charity helps young people in care as well as children with disabilities, families in need of support and children at risk. For more information call 01263 822161 or visit www.break-charity.org.