Firewalk for Phyllis

Firewalk for Phyllis

Are you brave enough to take on the hottest fundraising challenge? Do you dare to bare your feet to red-hot embers, reaching up to 600°F? After the success of its first ever Firewalk last year, Phyllis Tuckwell is pleased to confirm that it will be holding the event again this year.  It will take place on Sunday 5th November at The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney, and will once again raise money to fund the vital Hospice Care which the charity offers to local patients and families who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer. So make this year’s bonfire night one to remember, and bare your feet to the fiery embers!

The Firewalk will be run by Time4Change (T4C), a training and events organisation which draws upon motivational psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and the martial arts to tap into inner resources of fearlessness and self-belief. Before the walk, you will attend a training seminar run by T4C instructor Cliff Mann, who has safely guided thousands of people over hot coals and is recognised as the most experienced Firewalk instructor in the UK and Europe. This training is as important as the Firewalk itself, and the skills and attitudes you will learn in the seminar will stay with you for life.

You will then be taken outside to walk across the fire lane, which will be made up of a combination of red-hot pine, ash and oak embers. The lane will be 15-20ft long and 2-3ft wide, with a core temperature of 400-600°F. A debrief and certificate presentation will follow the walk, after which you will be free to celebrate your achievement at the hotel bar!

The money raised through this event will help fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families living with a terminal illness, such as cancer, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. Every day it supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – offering medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this.

“The Firewalk was a great success last year, and we are very excited about being able to hold it again this year,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell. “It really pushes participants to their limits, helping them find their inner strength and self-belief. We encourage anyone who is considering taking on this challenge to believe in yourself and go for it!”

You will need to arrive at The Elvetham at 2.30pm to sign in, and the seminar will start at 3pm. At 5pm, participants will be taken outside for the Firewalk. To find out more, or to register, visit shop.pth.org.uk/firewalk, email fundraising@pth.org.uk or call 01252 729446. Registration is £30 and Phyllis Tuckwell asks that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £150. Participants must be age 16 or over.

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