Burning ambition of Ripon folk to raise charity funds

Marie Curie fundraisers diced with fire when they hot footed it across burning coals to raise vital charity funds.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 1:03 pm
Firewalk challenge at Ripon Rugby Club

The heat was on when a group of plucky souls bared their soles to the fire and completed the firewalk Challenge at Ripon Rugby Club.

Sixteen people took part in the event, ranging in age from 17-years-old to 76-years-old, and raised a staggering £5,000.

More than 100 family members and friends gathered to watch and provide support and encouragement.

Liz Tite from the fundraising group explained: “I’d like to offer my personal thanks to everyone who sponsored me or other firewalkers as their encouragement was fantastic. I’ve raised £1,993 to date which reflects people’s generosity and confirmation that it was a lunatic thing for me to do. With special thanks to my sponsorship agents - Glenys Gittings, Rob & Sue Ankcorn and Christine Winterburn - I could not have done it without you all. And final thanks to Richard Tite who collected and swept up the aftermath. The Firewalk was very professional and truly entertaining for both walkers and watchers.”

Gemma Hewitt, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser concluded: “I’m immensely proud of Liz Tite for all her hard work in promoting such an unusual event. I enjoyed taking part in my second firewalk, it’s great fun and really brings the community together.”

The Group is still accepting donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-tite. If you would like to join the Ripon and District Fundraising Group or stage your own event then please contact Gemma Hewitt on 01904 755260, email [email protected] or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk website.