Video and picture gallery: Norwich School pupils have a fiery start to the year for charity

Pupils from the Norwich School were on fire as they showed their dedication to a local charity.

Pupils, parents and staff took off their socks and felt the heat as they walked on hot coals to raise money for Norwich Door to Door.

The school, on Cathedral Close, Tombland, has long been a supporter of the charity, which provides transport for people with disabilities.

The idea to walk on hot coals came from Andy Fisher, head of Parker House at the school, as a way of combining raising money for the charity with a personal development day.

In total, there were 40 pupils, 10 parents and five staff who took part, with the fire walking being used to reflect the idea that you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.

Mr Fisher said: 'I wanted to organise a day where we could come together as a house and do something which none of us had ever done before.

'It was a very successful day and we hope through sponsorship to have raised about �500 for the charity.'

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Fire walking is walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones.

It has been practised by many people and cultures in the world as a rite of passage or test of courage or religious faith.

But today it is used in team-building and self-help workshops as a confidence-building exercise, and science has shown that it doesn't cause pain, as long as the foot does not rest on the heat for more than a moment.

Student Tom Dell, 17, said: 'It was an inspirational day and a great opportunity to do something for the charity while at the same time testing myself.'

While Rory Cruickshank, 13, who is looking to stand for the UK Youth Parliament, said: 'I did the event with my mother and we both saw it as a great team building exercise. With it being just into the new year, it helped to set the tone for the year.'

Door to Door operates a fleet of seven specially designed mobility buses for people with disabilities, operated by trained crews.

The service is for people on low income, who need extra help to be able to get out and about independently.

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