Nov 8 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
THIS was a challenge to keep people on their toes!
Thirty-four brave souls walked across burning hot coals as part of a fundraising challenge organised by St Luke’s Hospice after receiving preparatory training from mental strength specialists Time4Change.
The annual fundraiser sees the volunteers calmly tread a path over a raked bed of white-hot embers and, separately, a strip of crushed glass, while others cheer them on.
Harrow resident Ramesh Bhanderi, 55, a trustee of St Luke’s Hospice, said: “I decided to take part because I wanted to help the hospice to raise much needed funds and I found the event motivational and inspiring.”
The number of participants may have been down on last year, but sponsorship earned from the crowdpleaser, held at Claremont High School in Claremont Avenue, Kenton, on Monday last week will bring in more than £8,000 for the Kenton Grange charity that provides palliative care for people with terminal illnesses from Harrow, Brent and beyond.
Friends, Jean Pearson and Ivy Flemmings said: “The event was exciting and a bit of a laugh.
“If someone was thinking of doing it we would say, try it, it doesn’t hurt. It was a challenge but we wanted to make money for the hospice.”