On a crisp and cold Saturday evening, fearless folk brought their warmth and bravery to Guildford’s Stoke Park to take part in a walk with a difference – the Shooting Star Chase
Over 50 brave ‘soles’ came together to walk over burning embers for the local children’s hospice charity, raising thousands for the babies, children and young people, and their families who are facing the most unimaginable circumstances.
Before the daring walkers put their best foot forward, they were given a full briefing on the challenge ahead by Cliff Mann from Time 4 Change, who explained the history of fire walking, how to mentally prepare and most importantly how to do it correctly!
Cliff and his team then made the final preparations to the fire, including measuring the temperature, before they themselves walked across to show exactly how it’s done. It was then the turn of the fire walkers who stepped forward to take on the heat.
After their triumphant walk, the participants were presented with a bespoke Shooting Star Chase Fire Walk 2018 medal before having a chance to celebrate and enjoy the annual Guildford Lion Fireworks Fiesta with friends and family.
Close friends Ellen and Sarah took on the heat together; Sarah said; “I feel quite emotional. It was amazing, really amazing. I was really nervous before but we did it!”
Ellen agrees, “I purposely didn’t think too much about it beforehand. My daughter Sophie is supported by Shooting Star Chase, as the whole family are, and the amount that Sophie goes through day to day pain wise, procedure wise, surgery wise, it wasn’t a patch on any of that – it was so worth doing and I am very pleased to of done it. From a personal point of view, the amount of support and the use of Christopher’s (the Guildford hospice)…it just makes the world of difference to us to be able to go somewhere we can be as a family without Sophie’s additional needs and medical issues being a problem. So I urge you to do it next year!”
The event has raised £19,507 to date and counting, which will help Shooting Star Chase support and care for families practically and emotionally across London and Surrey.
Emma Edwards, Challenge Events Fundraiser, said, “The Fire Walk has been such a fantastic night and we are beyond proud of everyone who took part and helped on the evening. It’s no mean feat to walk over burning embers and even though some of our walkers were understandably nervous at first, they all conquered their fears and took on the challenge! They were on fire with their fundraising efforts, all of which will go toward making every moment count for the families we support.”
If this has fuelled your fire why not register your interest for Fire Walk 2019 at www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/firewalk and if you have a burning desire to take on a challenge in aid of Shooting Star Chase why not visit our Challenge Events page – www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/support-us/events to find out more!
To hear more about Shooting Star Chase – sign up to enews by visiting www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/enews