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Volunteers can handle the heat

By Lotte Pegler
lotte.pegler@sussexpost.co.uk

 

Brave fundraisers overcame their fears last week all in the name of charity.

 

More than 20 people from around the Post area impressed the crowd as they walked across smoking hot embers at Bognor Regis Football Club.

 

As part of the fundraiser for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham, volunteers signed up to take part in the fire walk – or the Lego walk – cheered on by friends and family.

 

Alex Burch, community fundraising manager for St Wilfrid’s, said:

 

“We are delighted so many keen supporters braved the coals and Lego bricks to support St Wilfrid’s and have a spook-tacular good time.

 

“We were delighted to raise over £4500, which will help St Wilfrid’s continue providing support to families facing terminal illness in the local community

 

“The last one of these was well over a decade ago but it’s such a great idea. It doesn’t take a lot of training.

 

“We wanted to put on something that is interesting and definitely something in Bognor Regis. We have have so much support here.

 

“St Wilfrid’s is only 16 per cent funded by the NHS. We have to raise the rest.

 

“We rely on the community so we want to thank the people who support us. We have got more than 100 people coming to the disco tonight, including lots of children.

 

“We are a charity we need people to support us and this is one of the many ways to do this.

 

“We have multiple events throughout the year. Lots of small and big events to appeal to lots of different people.

 

“We’re really appreciative of all the help we get.”

 

People of all ages took part in the walk, with the youngest lego walker being 11 and the oldest fire walker being in their 70s.

 

Hannah Mapely, of Felpham, took part in the fire walk. She said:

 

“St Wilfrid’s looked after my dad. Unfortunately he died three years ago and it would have been his birthday this week.

 

“The support has been amazing, from people who I’ve never met before.

 

“Complete strangers are encouraging and helping each other it’s great.

 

“So far I’ve raised £561 thanks to friends and family.”

 

Sammie Harvey, of Selsey, and Paula Lockwood, of Middleton, were also among the many fire-walkers.

 

Sammie’s mum was supported by St Wilfrid’s until she passed away in March.

 

“The fire walk was nerve-wracking,”

 

she said,

 

“but there’s also a really great sense of pride that goes with it.”

 

As well as the fire walk, the evening’s entertainment also included a Lego walk and Halloween inspired disco.

 

Party games kept everyone busy, from musical pumpkins to monster freeze dancing.

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