Fundraisers are hot to trot over coals

A Harrogate care home became the hottest ticket in town last weekend on bonfire night as challengers completed a charity firewalk.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 12:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:02 pm
NADV 160115032AM2 Harrogate Neighbours Housing Charity Hot Coals Walk. Volunteers who walked the hot coals walk. (16115032AM2)

A group of 25, comprising members of staff at Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association, relatives of the residents, suppliers and businesses, took part in the firewalk challenge at Greenfield Court Extra Care Housing Scheme on Wetherby Road.

The group received tuition from Success Formulae, a company specialising in personal empowerment run by Steve Consalvez, the only Master Firewalking Instructor in the UK.

They then completed the 12-foot walk across the fire pit of hot coals which had reached temperatures of 677ºC.

NADV 160115032AM1 Harrogate Neighbours Housing Charity Hot Coals Walk. Rachel Ibbotson walks the hot coals walk. (16115032AM1)

The firewalkers included Sue Cawthray, Chief Executive of Harrogate Neighbours and youngest participant 16-year-old Joshua Baron who works in the catering department at Greenfield Court.

The group were raising money to enable Harrogate Neighbours to buy valuable equipment that will help improve the lives of residents.

Sue Cawthray, Chief Executive of Harrogate Neighbours said: “It was fabulous to see so many people willing to walk across coals that were hot enough to melt a block of aluminium and we are very grateful to our sponsors for supporting the event.

“As well as thanking all the participants and the throng of spectators, special mention must also go to the professionalism of Steve and his team for providing this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

NADV 160115032AM1 Harrogate Neighbours Housing Charity Hot Coals Walk. Rachel Ibbotson walks the hot coals walk. (16115032AM1)

“The funds raised will go towards vital equipment including a hoist assisted bath at Greenfield Court and a nurse call system and shower room at our residential care home Heath Lodge.”

Donations can be made at: www.justgiving.com/hn-ha