More than 100 brave fundraisers took part in a fire walk in aid of St Barnabas Hospice this weekend, raising more than £21,000 in the process.
Taking place at Bishop Grosseteste University as part of the hospice’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the participants had to walk over 15ft trails of embers holding heat as high as 800C coals.
Organiser and Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas, Paisley Paddison, said: “Following this weekend, I hope that each and everyone of our supporters are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. We all at St Barnabas certainly are.
“Not only have they ‘walked on fire’ they have collectively raised over £21,000 for the hospice, which is simply amazing. We expect this to ultimately reach £25,000. Because of their bravery, determination, generosity, and kindness we are able to continue providing care and support services for adults in Lincolnshire living with a life limiting or terminal illness. By way of example, the amount raised so far has enabled us to provide one week of nursing staff at the Inpatient Unit plus direct costs.”
Crowds and fire walkers were accompanied by local food and drink vendors and small business stalls, along with a party workshop performing Stilt, LED and Fire performances.
Paisley added: “I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Cliff and Darren from Time4Change, provider of the fire lanes and the inspirational briefing to our supporters.
“Thanks must also go to Party Workshop, for attending and keeping out attendees entertained with Stilt walking, LED, Fire performances. To Bishop Grosseteste university and team for supporting and allowing us to host such a crazy event. Lastly, to our amazing volunteers who took the time out of their evening to assist and help on the night.”
St Barnabas Hospice is a local independent charity and every year they support more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire. They deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, their family and carers. St Barnabas offers the patient and their family’s hospice care and support via: specialist Inpatient care, community ‘Hospice at Home’ service, day therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy & complementary therapy, welfare advice & support and bereavement support. All the services are free. St Barnabas needs to raise over £6m a year to provide its support and care. Over 900 volunteers play a crucial role in the charity’s success.