A charity firewalk is taking place for St Catherine’s Hospice

Posted on - 26th May, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Lostock Hall, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

Scott Bell of UK Firewalk is bringing the daring challenge to St Catherine’s Hospice’s Yellow Day

A daring firewalk is taking place for St Catherine’s Hospice and they are inviting volunteers to come forward to handle the heat of the walk.


Supporters of the hospice have launched the firewalk challenge by teaming up with UK Firewalk to see if supporters can brave a brisk 10-pace walk over coals reaching a blazing 649°C.

The event will be taking place on Sunday 25 June at the popular Yellow Day Garden Fete.

Scott Bell, founder of UK Firewalk and former Guinness World Record holder of the longest firewalk at 100m, said:

“Firewalking sounds dangerous but it’s actually very safe, and people get an instant buzz out of it.

“On the day we’ll go through an hour’s safety training to prepare people – both physically and mentally – and get them excited for the feat.

“There’s an awful lot of science behind why it’s possible to firewalk; it’s about heat transference and making sure you walk quickly enough so you’re not in contact with the coals for too long… It’s best not to linger!

“It’s also very much about mind over matter; people need to be confident and believe they can do it.

“We’ve done firewalks for lots of charities over the years and you find that when people are doing it for a good cause, it’s a fantastic atmosphere and they are really enthusiastic.

“They feel like they’ve achieved something amazing – which of course they have!”

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Yellow Day, held in the grounds of St Catherine’s Park, will also feature family-fun attractions including inflatables, garden games, stalls, live music and dance displays, as well as food served by The Mill Outside – the catering service of the charity’s onsite social enterprise café, The Mill, which will also be open.

Emma Jacovelli, Hospice fundraiser, said: “We’re really looking forward to the firewalkand we’re excited to offer this thrilling new challenge.

“We hope to inspire our supporters to try something a bit different and test their limits, whilst helping to raise vital funds for St Catherine’s.”

The challenge is suitable for anyone aged 12 and above.

Emma added: “There promises to be something for the whole family at Yellow Day, which is one of the highlights of our busy fundraising calendar.

“Our grounds will look especially colourful as we decorate them with hundreds of yellow ribbons dedicated in memory of loved ones.”

A free shuttle bus service will run from the Leyland Motors car park on Croston Road throughout the event, from 11am until 4pm.

Registration for the firewalk is priced at £15.

To sign up or make a yellow ribbon dedication, please visit the St Catherine’s website or call 01772 629171.

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