Firewalk Success for Hospice Care Fundraisers

Firewalk Success for Hospice Care Fundraisers

Caption: The plucky participants take on the Firewalk; medals, certificates and celebrations afterwards.

It was a baptism of fire for 37 brave Phyllis Tuckwell supporters, as they took on the charity’s newest fundraising event – the Firewalk!

Held on Sunday 23rd October at the Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney, this red hot event raised money to help fund the vital Hospice Care which local charity Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer.

The Firewalk was run by Time4Change, 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, participants attended an informative and highly entertaining training seminar run by Cliff Mann, who is recognised as the most experienced firewalking instructor in the UK and Europe. As well as teaching the participants skills and attitudes which will stay with them for life, the seminar also put everyone at ease, answered any questions they may have had and calmed any nerves – in fact Cliff had everyone laughing from the moment he started!

The fearless fundraisers were then taken outside to walk across the 15-20ft long fire lane, which was made up of a combination of red-hot pine, ash and oak embers, and had a core temperature of 400-600°F.

“We were thrilled with the success of this new event,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell, who herself completed the Firewalk. “There was a real sense of camaraderie amongst those who took part, and their families and friends who came along to support them. We would like to thank Bellway who sponsored the event, the Elvetham Hotel for their generosity in providing the venue – and of course all of our participants and everyone who sponsored them.”

“It was a great event and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in it,” said one Firewalker, while another added “really enjoyable and memorable experience… Cliff and his colleague were excellent.”

Sponsorship money is still coming in, but Phyllis Tuckwell is hoping the total raised will reach £8,000, all of which will go directly to help fund the supportive and end of life care which the charity provides for local patients and families who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer. This amount of money could pay for around three months’ care from one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s specialist IPU palliative care nurses, who can look after up to five patients at a time on the In-Patient Unit (IPU).

Every day Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this. To find out how you can support Phyllis Tuckwell by taking part in one of its fundraising events, visit the Events Diary.

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For press enquiries and alternative pictures contact: Jen Barnes at Phyllis Tuckwell on 01252 729433 or email jen.barnes@pth.org.uk