20 valiant individuals will soon be gathering in Peterborough to face their fears and achieve something they never dared to dream of – by tackling a 12 foot firewalk!
The Shine Golden Firewalk will take place on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Knarr Farm, Thorney, in aid of the charity, which runs services for people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
All firewalkers will benefit from a two-hour pre-event seminar with Firewalk instructor and CEO, Steve Consalvez, designed to build lasting confidence and help personal development. Then they’ll take on the 12ft fire pit in front of friends and family!
But why put yourself through such a challenge?
Sisters Stacie and Kelley Edwards (below) from Peterborough have decided to take part, after the support they received from Shine. Kelly (29) is mum to Jack, 3, (pictured) who has spina bifida, and 10 month-old Charlie.
Admin Officer, Stacie (25) explains:
“Walking on fire isn’t something either of us have done before and will be only the second fundraising event we’ve taken part in! It is an opportunity to do something outside of our comfort zone, and a unique way to raise money for a charity close to our hearts. My nephew, Kelly’s son, Jack was born with spina bifida. After being told at the 20 week scan, the rest of the pregnancy was filled with trepidation about what the future would hold. Shine were really helpful and informative, offering support to Kelly and her fiancé Graham, and we felt this was the right time to give back to Shine by raising some funds (our target is £500!) and help spread awareness.”
Sharon Morgan, 50, whose daughter Hilary has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, will also be taking part. She explains why she has travelled all the way from Sheffield to Peterborough to walk on hot coals: “I’m not very athletic and can’t run marathons, but when I saw the firewalk event for Shine, I thought this is something different I can do for a good cause. It’s more a mental challenge, and an opportunity for personal development and confidence building too. Hilary will be there to cheer me on!”
Sharon Morgan with daughter Hilary today
Hilary learning to walk
Also taking part in the event will be Nichola Holland, from Windsor.
“I chose the firewalk as it is something completely different from the norm, and an opportunity which doesn’t come along often. This is completely out of my comfort zone! I am hoping the event will show that if you try you can achieve your goals.”
Nichola and Phil, both 37, hold down responsible jobs – Nichola as a Procurement Executive and Phil designing commercial office layouts for TJX. Both love sport and Phil has run a marathon in aid of Shine. Yet Phil has hydrocephalus, where cerebrospinal fluid can build up in the brain. This affects him every day – his left side is much weaker and he can experience severe headaches, which have to be monitored.
Also taking part will be the Ratcliffe family from Peterborough, including parents Fay and Aaron, and members of the extended family. Young Maya, who has lived experience of spina bifida and hydrocephalus and has already tackled many fundraising challenges for Shine, will be supervising from the sidelines this time, before preparing to tackle a Snowdon challenge for Shine in 2017!
There is still time to enter – deadline Wednesday 28th September. For details, see http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/support/fundraising/activechallenges/firewalk